2008-09: Carter Sandlak, the son of former NHL forward Jim Sandlak, played for the London Jr. Knights organization. In 30 games for the Minor Midget squad, Sandlak scored 13 goals and added 18 assists for 31 points while also picking up 112 penalty minutes. In 11 playoff games with this team, Sandlak scored 5 goals and added 7 assists for 12 points. He also played for Midget squad, picking up 1 assist in 4 games for that squad. Chosen in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Guelph Storm.
2009-10: In his OHL rookie season, Sandlak played in 61 games for the Guelph Storm. He scored 7 goals and added 8 assists for 15 points while also adding 61 penalty minutes. In 5 playoff games for that team, Sandlak picked up 1 assist. Sandlak played for Team Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 1 goal and chipping in 1 assist for 2 points in 6 games while also being the most penalized player in the tournament with 33 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Sandlak started the season with Guelph, playing in 22 games for that team. He scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for 7 points along with 25 penalty minutes. He was dealt to the Belleville Bulls in December, appearing in 34 games for that club. He scored 9 goals and added 7 assists for 16 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Sandlak attended NHL rookie camp with the Minnesota Wild before returning to Belleville for his third OHL season. He skated in 34 games for the Bulls — suffering a broken ankle at the end of November that kept him out for three months. He scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was -1 with 52 penalty minutes in the regular season. The Bulls finished second in the East Division, falling to Ottawa in a first-round playoff series. Sandlak had 2 assists and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
2012-13: Sandlak provided toughness and defensive play for Belleville in his fourth junior season as the Bulls finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Skating in 60 regular season games he scored 9 goals with 14 assists and was +4 with 98 penalty minutes, one minute less than team leader Garrett Hooey. Sandlak scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +1 with 34 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games.
2013-14: Sandlak attended Minnesota Wild training camp as a free agent but was not signed to a contract; returning to the OHL for an overage season with the Plymouth Whalers. The Whalers’ third-leading scorer behind Zach Lorentz and Ryan Hartman (Chicago), he had career highs in goals (24) and assists (24) and was -17 with 95 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished fourth in the West Division, falling to Guelph in a first-round series. Sandlak scored 1 goal and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in his only playoff game, receiving a four-game suspension for a slashing incident in the opening game against the Storm. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Carolina in December 2013.
2014-15: Sandlak played for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his first pro season. A healthy scratch at times for the Checkers, he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -10 with 69 penalty minutes in 44 games. Charlotte missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the West Division. Sandlak played three ECHL games with the Florida Everblades, recording 3 assists and finishing +4 with 14 penalty minutes.
Sandlak has limited offensive and technical skills. His game is predicated on a hard style and a willingness to engage in physical play.
Sandlak is in his second pro season with the Carolina organization and will start the year with AHL affiliate Charlotte after appearing in 44 games with the Checkers as a rookie. With a deep group of forwards currently in the Hurricanes' pipeline he faces steep odds in one day reaching the NHL club. His calling card at the NHL level will likely be his physical play and willingness to drop the gloves when the situations arises.