Carter Sandlak
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Carter Sandlak


London Ontario



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Eligible for the 2011 NHL Draft


200 lbs.

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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.

Talent Analysis

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.

2011-12 OHL Eastern Conference Preview

by Jason Menard
Photo: Ryan Strome (NYI) will likely spend the 2011-12 season with the Niagara IceDogs. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Last season, the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors almost fulfilled what was expected to be their destiny from the beginning of the season, falling just short of winning the Memorial Cup in their home rink by losing to the Saint John Sea Dogs (this after failing to capture the OHL crown losing to the Owen Sound Attack.)

Long seen as the weaker OHL conference, there are a number of teams looking to take advantage of the relative tumult in the Western Conference and allow this half of the bracket to stake its claim as the superior side. And with a marquee squad in Niagara poised to take the next step, don’t be surprised if many teams find the OHL Memorial Cup berth to be as difficult to reach as an uphill struggle against the Falls.

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2011 prospects: Carter Sandlak takes added pressure in stride

by Jason Menard

With a father who enjoyed an 11-year career in the NHL, Guelph Storm forward Carter Sandlak would seem to have big skates to fill. And, although he’s had a less-than-stellar start to the 2010-11 OHL campaign, he said the added pressure that comes from having a name known throughout the hockey world is something he relishes.

“I kind of like that pressure. You have to prove to everybody every night that you can play with these guys,” Sandlak said. “Growing up in a hockey family, it is good, but my dad says he’d be happy with whatever I did — it didn’t have to be hockey — he’d be supporting me 100 percent. But if I wanted to get a career out of this, then he’d help me wherever he could.”

And there are the obvious advantages that come from having a father familiar with the game and what it takes to make it to the NHL.

“Growing up he was my coach for a couple of years. He just tells me the little things to do that you have to do well, the things that people notice. That’s the kind of stuff,” he said. “He’s really not that much involved right now — he’s back home doing his own job. I have my coaches and my agent telling me things that I need to work on, so they’re helping me with that right now.”
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OHL Mid-West Division 2010-11 season preview

by Jason Menard

With only a handful of prospects still on the NHL bubble, by this point of the young season — only a handful of games into the campaign — most OHL teams, and their observers, have a solid sense of how the teams will match up.

This is the third of four division-by-division previews, looking at the key changes, additions, and prospects for all of the Ontario Hockey League’s 20 franchises. The OHL, as always, remains a league to watch as the past four first-overall draft picks have come from this subsection of the CHL.

These previews will be presented in alphabetical order, continuing with the Mid-Western Division of the OHL’s Western Conference.

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OHL Western Conference prospects to watch in 2009-10

by Jason Menard

The Windsor Spitfires completed an unlikely comeback at last year’s Memorial Cup, eventually raising the championship trophy in a thrilling final. They’re loaded up for a second trip but will face stiff competition from London Knights who will be looking to avenge their heartbreaking semi-final loss last year. 

All eyes will be in the West again this season, as the conference also features some of the top prospects for the 2010 NHL entry draft, with new teammates Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler hoping to boost their individual profiles in conjunction with the Spitfires’ fortunes.

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Lost in first round of playoffs. Finished the season with 73 points.

Colorado’s second-round pick last June, and the former first-overall OHL draft pick, Ryan O’Reilly should enjoy a breakout year once he’s returned to the Otters. The Avalanche have been impressed with O’Reilly’s performance to date in camp, signing him to a three-year deal, but he’s expected to return for another year of junior. 
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