2007-08: In his first USHL season, Paul Carey joined up with the Indiana Ice for 60 games, netting 34 goals (2nd in USHL) and 66 points (5th in USHL), along with 32 penalty minutes. On top of being named to the USHL All-Rookie Team, he received a USHL All-Star Second Team nod for his impressive freshman campaign with the Ice.
2008-09: Carey’s freshman season with Boston College resulted in five goals and nine points through 24 games.
2009-10: Carey skated in 41 of 42 games for NCAA champion Boston College as a sophomore. After finishing second in Hockey East in the regular season, the Eagles cruised through the Hockey East and NCAA tournaments and Carey was +7 with 9 goals and 21 assists playing primarily on a line with freshmen Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney.
2010-11: Carey skated in all but one game for Boston College as a junior as the Eagles finished first in Hockey East and captured the league’s playoff title before being stunned by Colorado College in their first NCAA tournament game. Carey scored 13 goals with 13 assists and was +17 with 18 PMs in 37 games for the Eagles. Five of his 13 goals were scored on the power play.
2011-12: Carey made his pro hockey debut with Colorado’s AHL affiliate Lake Erie after winning a national championship with Boston College in his senior season. He had no points and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in two April games with the Monsters, who finished one point out of a playoff spot in the AHL’s Western Conference. Carey was the fourth-leading goal scorer for Boston College, scoring 18 goals with 12 assists in 44 games, and was plus-2 with 29 penalty minutes. Boston College won its final 19 games – winning the Hockey East regular season and playoff championships – and defeated Ferris State, 4-1 in the Frozen Four Championship game. Carey was named to the Frozen Four all-tournament team. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Avalanche in April 2012.
2012-13: Carey skated in 72 games for Lake Erie in the AHL in his first pro season. His 19 goals tied him with Michael Sgarbossa for third-most for the Monsters and he also had 22 assists; finishing the year plus-2 with 29 penalty minutes. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs.
2013-14: Carey made his NHL debut with the Avalanche in a March 12th game against Chicago and skated in 12 regular season games and three playoff contests with the Avalanche. He played in 54 games with Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie prior to his call-up. Carey was plus-2 with no points nor penalty minutes, averaging 6:26 minutes of ice time with Colorado during the regular season. He had no points and was minus-1, averaging under four minutes of ice time, in the playoffs. Carey scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was minus-8 with 42 penalty minutes with the Lake Erie Monsters. Lake Erie missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division. Carey was re-signed by Colorado as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract in July 2014.
A slick stickhandler and offense-oriented forward at the junior and college levels, Carey has transformed his game to that of a two-way forward during his pro career. With the skating ability to play in all situations and versatility to play either wing or center, he is a valuable player to have in the lineup. His lack of stature and strength sometimes causes him matchup problems at the NHL level.
Carey attended training camp with the Avalanche before being returned to AHL affiliate Lake Erie to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season, Carey cracked the NHL lineup at the end of last season and also saw time in the playoffs. While his potential to produce offensively at the NHL level appears limited, his understanding of the game and ability to play various roles makes him the type of player that is an asset to an organization.