Carrick agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Friday. When you have a rebuilding team like the Leafs, it's tough to keep track of all of the prospects assembled to morph the original six franchise back to respectability. However, Carrick stands out from the bunch as he led the AHL's Marlies with 18 points in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. Originally drafted by the Capitals in 2012, Carrick has 53 NHL games under his belt at the age of 22. He'll compete for a spot on the opening-night roster in training camp this fall.
Carrick leads the AHL in postseason scoring with 14 points in 10 games. Carrick has stepped up his game large this postseason and is stating his case to secure a top-six role with the Leafs in 2016-17. The Leafs don't have a lot of right-handed shots on the blue line and plays bigger than his 5-foot-10, 190-lb frame suggests. Carrick is likely ticketed to the Buds' third pairing, but could end up paired with Jake Gardiner on the second pairing if newcomer Nikita Zaitsev is slow to adjust to NHL life.
Carrick was returned to AHL Toronto on Thursday. Carrick saw 16 games with the Leafs, recording four points and 15 PIM. He's just 21 years old but has benefited from extended playing time with the Leafs having been out of the playoff picture for some time now.
Carrick scored his second goal in a week in Saturday's win over Buffalo after ending a drought that dated back to Oct. 13, 2013. He notched the go-ahead goal less than seven minutes into the third when he ripped a shot from the circle past Chad Johnston. Carrick was specifically targeted by the Leafs in the Brooks Laich deal and we can see why. He's just 21 and clearly has offensive upside. Keep Carrick's name in your phone and check back on him on draft day in a couple years. Or stash him in a keeper league if you can carry a guy for a few years before his game really takes off.
Carrick scored his second career goal in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Lightning. Carrick's first-period tally was the 21-year-old's first goal since he scored with the Capitals back in the 2013-14 campaign. His three points in nine games with the Maple Leafs demonstrate the American defenseman's offensive potential, but his minus-13 rating through 46 NHL appearances shows that he still has quite a ways to go defensively.
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