Corey Potter was chosen in the fourth round, 122nd overall, of the 2003 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.
Potter played two years with the National Under 18 team. Following the 2001-02 season, Potter left to begin his college hockey career at Michigan State University. His freshman season was a success, in that in 35 games, the defensive oriented Potter, accumulated 4 goals (3 game winners) and 4 assists and firmly entrenched himself into Michigan State’s line-up.
2003-04:This season, his sophomore effort, Potter has continued with his strong play. He picked up 8 assists in 38 games, but more importantly he was named Michigan State’s top defenseman. Potter also suited up for the United States at the 2004 World Junior Championships, where he helped the team win its first ever gold medal.
2004-05: After a pre-season shoulder injury, Potter had a developing year. He imporved his decisionmaking and play in his own zone. He was used in all situations other than on the power play.
2005-06: Potter’s final year at Michigan State was a very good one, in that he was a team lader and added defnsive potency to his game.
2006-07: Potter split his first professional season between the ECHL Charlotte Checkers and the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. He was a top defenseman at the ECHL level and played well in Hartford after he was recalled.
2007-08: Potter had a very good sophomore professional season, showing that he has an offensive upside in addition to solid defensive skills. However, he needs to improve his discipline, as Potter took over 100 PIM during the regular season. Not much of a fighter, most of Potter’s penalties were due to either loose play or speed issues.
Potter is mostly a defensive defenseman who can also play an offensive role when needed. He has good size and has finally filled out to 200 pounds, which will help him deliver some punishing hits. He’s a decent skater who has the ability to jump up into plays and help create offensive chances.
Potter was dealt by the Arizona Coyotes to the Nashville Predators in exchange for future considerations.