Connor Carrick, a 19 year old, that got to see his dream come true last year and will look to expand on that dream this year. In 34 games last year, Carrick was able to put together a total of 6 points with an average of 15:58 ice time.
Carrick didn’t have the easiest of years. 10 days after playing with the Washington Capitals in the season opener, he was sent down to the Hersey Bears to continue his season. After playing there for a while and not producing very well, he went on to play in the World Junior Championships. He was recalled to the Capitals in early January and played the bulk of his games then seeing 27 in consecutive order.
He was then placed as a healthy scratch for the rest of his time with the Capitals, big waste of talent on the bench. At this point, Carrick should have been sent back down to the Bears and played the rest of the season out.
Carrick commented on his situation last year going between the teams and which he would prefer.
“My opinion is I know what I leaned. I learned some things the hard way and what I can confidently say is that if I were to choose between playing elsewhere last year or having the experience I actually did, I am more confident with the latter going into camp.
“The awe factor is not gone. I’m still amazed by NHL players and I’m as big a fan as anybody else. But say a guy is coming towards the net. You’re not going to think twice about cross-checking him. You know he knows this is a normal hockey play and he’s not going to get up and two-hand you.”
Connor Carrick is young, but is able to play at the pro level. Its tough to make a decision on him now, but there is a good possibility we will see him for some of the season this year. Trotz is a defensive minded guy, I would be surprised to see him carry 7 defenseman a couple of times during the season and Carrick may be that 7th guy.