How the lockout was HUGE for Jeff Carter’s hot start

Jeff Carter

Carter skating at the Kings practice facility in El Segundo – Photo: D. Sheehan

By Paul Armbruster • •

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?”

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  • God, I hope so. This team is deep with goal scores and grinders. Kopi needs Carts to score in order to keep him focused. As well, with 2 snipers playing on different lines, it’ll give other teams fits.

    2 lines of goal scorers, followed by 2 lines of pain! Plus a wall in net. I really like our chances this year.

    Com’on Darryl, do your stuff!!!

    • Paul Armbruster

      It’s a funny stat, but even though Carter leads the Kings in goals, he is currently the ‘weak link’ on the top 2 lines. Brown, Kopi and Williams all have 5 points for a combined 15. Gagne and Richards also have 5 points each. Carter with 4 goals and 0 assists puts that line at 14 points. 🙂 I have a feeling though that they will soon be ahead of the top line.

  • i think carter is definitely feeling more comfortable out there and he seems more aggressive on offense than he did last season…

    i’m glad he’s on our side…:)