2008-09: Selected 15th overall by Brampton in 2008, Sam Carrick had a minor role on a deep Brampton in his rookie year. He scored 10 goals and assisted on 11 others for 21 points.
2009-10: Carrick saw his ice-time increase in his second season with Brampton as he began to establish himself in a top-six role. He was second in team scoring with 21 goals and 21 assists in 66 games. While his numbers were fairly modest in comparison to others league wide Brampton was the lowest scoring team in the league with only 167 goals scored. Carrick was selected 144th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2010. He was ranked 147th by ISS and 90th by Central Scouting for North American skaters.
2010-11: Carrick was the second-leading scorer for offensively-challenged Brampton in his third OHL season. Despite playing an abrasive style and missing time due to injury early in the year, Carrick finished with 16 goals and 23 assists in 59 games and was -15 with 74 PMs. He skated in all four playoff games and was -3 with one assist as the Battalion, having snuck into the playoffs despite a sub-.500 record, were swept by Niagara.
2011-12: Carrick was the leading scorer for the Brampton Battalion in his fourth OHL season. A team captain, he scored 37 goals with 30 assists and was +9 with 104 penalty minutes; skating in all 68 regular season games. Brampton finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Carrick scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 16 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in April of 2012.
2012-13: Carrick spent most of his first pro season in the ECHL before joining the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate in Toronto in March and finishing the year with the Marlies. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -2 with 18 penalty in 19 AHL regular season games. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round of the AHL playoffs. Carrick skated in 5 of 9 playoff games and was -2 with no points nor penalty minutes. In 50 ECHL games with the Idaho Steelheads he scored 16 goals with 21 assists and was -15 with 70 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Carrick played for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his second pro season; providing supplementary scoring and toughness. In 62 regular season games he scored 14 goals with 21 assists and was +17 with 115 penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference finals — falling to Texas in a seven-game series. Carrick scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 10 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.
Carrick is a stocky, hard nose player with an offensive touch. He can be a pain to play against, is a capable player at both ends of the ice and is a willing physical combatant. Carrick's skating requires attention, but his hockey smarts allow him to get in good position on the ice. He can play in a variety of roles.
Carrick attended training camp with the Maple Leafs before being assigned to the AHL's Marlies to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season, he made his NHL debut with the Leafs in November and played in 10 games during a mid-season call-up. Long-term Carrick projects as a lower line, energy forward capable of contributing offensively. To reach that potential he must play with the same physical edge at the NHL level as he has displayed in the AHL.