Up next on our Washington Capitals player grades is Daniel Carr. He didn’t play much, only six games in the NHL but did have an assist. The Caps are the fourth NHL team he’s joined after beginning his career with the Montreal Canadiens.
Carr’s best seasons in Montreal came in his first and third season where he scored six goals in both. He got the most playing time with the Habs in 2017-18, appearing in 38 games. Carr would then sign as a free agent with the Vegas Golden Knights. He spent one year there before signing with Nashville before he signed with the Caps over the offseason.
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Carr appeared in one playoff game with the Caps which came in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins. It sparked outrage on Caps twitter as fan favorite Daniel Sprong was scratched by head coach Peter Laviolette in favor of Carr. He had a penalty in 10:33 of ice time. Carr spent a majority of the season as a member of the taxi squad.
Laviolette explained his reasoning for benching Sprong in favor of Carr in an article by Ian Oland of Russian Machine Never Breaks:
“Just a different role, a different player. I actually thought Carrsy played a pretty good game. I thought his line was effective in the offensive zone. They were able to get in there and stay in there and generate some chances at times. I thought he made a couple of good defensive plays, a good backchecking play.”
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Carr skated on the third line with Conor Sheary and Michael Raffl in that game. Per Natural Stat Trick, that line skated 9:48 at five on five with a 66.7 percent shot attempts percentage while generating six scoring chances.
Grade C: It was hard to get a read on Carr with the limited ice time he had but he did fairly average when he was in there.