Maine Hockey Journal

Where’s Carter

It certainly a dilemma the Anaheim Ducks finds themselves in at the present moment.

Not necessarily a bad thing, but the question has become “What do the Ducks do with Ryan Carter?”

Carter, since last being recalled by the Anaheim Ducks on December 17, has filled in very well for Sammi Pahlsson, who’s been on the IR due to inflammation of his abdomen.

Earning his first two NHL goals against the New Jersey Devils, the Ducks have to wrestle with the decision of either sending Carter back to Portland because of Pahlsson’s imminent return or creating a roster spot for the 6-1, 200-pound native from White Bear Lake, MN.

In 28 games with the Ducks, he’s scored two goals, four assists for six points, but more importantly has been Carter’s prowess in the face-off circle. Something the Ducks would have surely missed with Pahlsson absence in the lineup, but Carter has stepped up as one of the team leaders in the face-off circle.

The Ducks really only have two options.

1.) They can send Carter back to Portland knowing that in all likelihood, he’s earned a roster spot with the Ducks, but it’s a numbers game.

2.) They can create a roster spot for Carter by either trading or assigning another player to Portland; most likely candidate would be Brandon Bochenski. In that case, he would have to clear waivers, which is not a guarantee. Todd Marchant would be the likely player dealt to make room for Carter, but the question remains is there any takers?

In the short term, it’s likely that Carter will find himself back in a Pirates uniform, but it’s almost certain, he won’t be here long.

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