Player evaluation: Carter - LA Kings Insider

This season: 16 games, 6 goals, 3 assists, minus-1 rating with Kings (39 games, 15 goals, 10 assists, minus-11 rating with Columbus).
The good: Carter’s arrival, in a late-February trade with the Blue Jackets, brought a wave of enthusiasm to the Kings, who were stuck in a deep offensive rut. Even though his scoring numbers weren’t outstanding, Carter gave the Kings a 40-goal threat that other teams had to worry about. More importantly, he allowed them to balance out their lineup. Rookie wingers Dwight King and Jordan Nolan were able to settle into bottom-six roles, where they could be most effective, and Mike Richards slowly started to come out of his offensive slumber when he got the chance to play alongside Carter, a close friend and talented winger.
The bad: Carter is going to be paid a lot of money (an average of more than $5.27 million) for a long time (he is signed through 2021-22). He’s just now, at age 27, entering what should be his prime years, and he has already scored 46 goals in a single season. The question is, will Carter stay motivated? He’s now a Stanley Cup champion and he’s playing in gorgeous Southern California, alongside a close buddy and with a decade-long contract. Will the fire still be there? There are also injury concerns about Carter, an issue that popped up again late in the regular season when Carter suffered an ankle injury.
Going forward: Everything is in place for Carter to succeed. At this point, he can take a deep breath and put the whirlwind Philadelphia-to-Columbus-to-L.A. experience behind him. He has been fully accepted by his new teammates and he’s a champion. He will be playing a top-six role with talented teammates. Carter had scored at least 33 goals in each of his previous three seasons, and assuming he stays healthy, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to reach that level again.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.