2005-06: Carter completed his sophomore season at Minnesota State third on the team’s roster in scoring with 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists). He saw much of his playing time this season on the Mavericks second line. His 19 goals and 71 penalty minutes both rank second on the team. Carter was one of three Mavericks to play in all 39 games this season. His most memorable performance came back on Feb. 3 when Carter posted his second career hat trick to lead the Minnesota State to a 4-0 win over Michigan Tech.
Carter is a versatile forward who doesn’t look out of place working in the corner on a scoring line or anchoring a checking line. An up and down player with a physical edge, Carter has the ability to fight through checks and get his hard shot on net. A natural center, he’s excels in the faceoff circle and plays a solid positional game. He doesn’t have the offensive ability to play a scoring role and he still needs to continue to round out his game, but Carter is well on his way to being a dependable contributor at the NHL level.
Though he lacks the offensive tools to be a consistent scoring threat and his defensive play still isn’t strong enough to be relied upon in a shut down role, Carter’s versatility enables him to slot in wherever he is needed in the lineup. An NHL player at this point, he’ll continue to do whatever is asked of him in order to gain a regular shift.