Sam Carrick
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Sam Carrick

Hometown:

Markham Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-04

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (144th overall), 2010

Weight:

188 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Sam Carrick was selected 15th overall by Brampton in 2008 and 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.

2014-15: Carrick attended training camp with the Maple Leafs before being assigned to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies — making his NHL debut against Chicago on November 14th after being recalled. He skated in 16 NHL games, shuttling between the Leafs and Marlies. Carrick scored 1 goal with 1 assist with the Maple Leafs and was +1 with 9 penalty minutes, averaging 6:29 minutes of ice time. He scored 9 goals with 18 assists and was -1 with 112 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games for the Marlies. Toronto finished second in the North Division, falling to Grand Rapids in a first-round playoff series. Carrick scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Maple Leafs in May 2015. 

2015-16: Carrick appeared in three late season games with the Maple Leafs and was a veteran leader for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his fourth pro season. He was -2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes, averaging 11:28 minutes of ice time with the Leafs. Carrick scored 16 goals with 18 assists and was +11 with 90 penalty minutes in 52 games. The Marlies finished first in the North Division, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against Hershey. Carrick had 5 assists in 12 playoff games and was -3 with 19 penalty minutes.

Talent Analysis

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.

Future

Carrick appeared in three NHL games with the Maple Leafs at the end of the 2015-16 season, spending most of his fourth pro season with the AHL's Marlies. A two-way forward with a physical edge to his game, he would be an unrestricted free agent if not re-signed by Toronto. Carrick has a limited offensive upside but brings a steady work-ethic and a willingness to do the hard jobs that makes him suited for a lower line role.

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