Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Jeff Carter; How Does He Fit on Roster?
After a couple of months to evaluate his new team, and with the trade deadline looming, the Pittsburgh Penguins under new General Manager Ron Hextell made his first trade in charge, and it's a familiar face for him.
Hextall won a Stanley Cup during his time as the Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, as did Jeff Carter, and the Penguins acquired the veteran from the same organization for a pair of future conditional draft picks.
Carter, 36, is a veteran of over 1,000 games in the NHL and currently sits ten goals away from 400 on his career. He scored 46 goals in 2008-2009 with the Philadelphia Flyers, and has ten seasons with at least 20.
While he isn't the goal scorer that he once was, Carter still brings value as someone who can generate offense for himself in a bottom-six role. He also is signed for next season, meaning this isn't a rental player situation - and the Kings retained half of his salary for the remainder of his contract.
The newly acquired Penguins natural position is at center, something he could play again with his new team, but does has the versatility to play the wing as well. He has taken less than 100 face-offs this year - averaging barely more than two per game - so it could be on the wing the Penguins are hoping he makes an impact.
Carter's underlying shot metrics are interesting to keep an eye on, as he's a high-volume shooting still - shits 10.87 shots-per-60 at 5v5 led the Kings and was ranked sixth among all forwards with at least 300 minutes played (at 5v5).
His expected goals-per-60 (xG/60) stands at 0.91, with is good for 18th in the league. He's shooting the puck a lot, and putting himself in good position to score, something the Penguins need in their bottom six.
As far where and who he is going to play with, there is an interesting name he could pair up with.
Returning from an injury, Teddy Blueger didn't take long to make his impact felt again, assisting on one of Colton Sceviour's goals in the Penguins 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Sunday night.
In a bottom-six role, Blueger has been highly effective this season, especially as a playmaker. Just how good of a passer has he been? His 1.35 primary assists-per-60 leads the team, and is good for 6th in the NHL among all forwards with at least 300 minutes at 5v5.
Blueger has been setting up his teammates on a consistent basis while he's been on the ice, and Carter loves to shoot and even at 36 is great at finding the open space on the ice to put him in good position.
The duo of Blueger and Carter could be an interesting pair to see if they can find chemistry together.
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