By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
It’s hardly a stretch to say Kings sniper Jeff Carter’s drop in production since he left the Philadelphia Flyers had a lot to do with injuries. He played a career low 55 games last season after suffering shoulder and ankle injuries, scoring 21 goals. Not a bad average considering. The only time he scored fewer goals was during the 2006-07 season when he scored 14 in 62 games.
With only 40 games left in this season, there isn’t much time to rack up biscuit points. Carter currently leads the Kings with 4 goals in 8 games on a team that has generally started off very slowly. But if Carter’s recent strong play is any indication, the Kings could easily have a new leading goal scorer by the end of the year. If it proves true, the cause will have been helped in no small part by the NHL lockout, which gave Carter a chance to recover after a tough stretch for him physically.
“Absolutely. It was a long couple of years for me,” Carter said in a recent LA Times article by Lisa Dillman. “I’ve had a lot of injuries with my feet, with my ankles. It was nice just to get away, let things heal, get some time in the gym and get stronger. I think it’s helped me out a lot this year. I feel pretty good out there.”
This is excellent news for Kings fans who are hoping to see the Carter of old take a starring role in Hockeywood. What do you think? Is Jeff ready for “action?”