Samuel Carrier
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Samuel Carrier


Varennes Quebec

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6th round (176th overall), 2010


186 lbs.

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2007-08: Carrier played midget hockey for College-Antoine Girouard of Quebec and was selected by the Quebec Remparts in the first round (10th overall) of the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2008-09: In his QMJHL rookie season, Carrier scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was +11 with 49 PIM in 56 games for Quebec. Carrier played in just 3 of 17 playoff games for a veteran Remparts team that advanced to the conference finals against Shawinigan. He scored 1 goal and was +1. Carrier played for Team Quebec at the World U-17 Junior Challenge. He was traded to the Lewiston Maineiacs in June in a multi-player and draft pick deal. Carrier attended Canada's WJC evaluation camp.

2009-10: The move from Quebec to Lewiston meant going from the top Eastern division team to a young Maineiacs squad that would finish last in the Central but it allowed Carrier to play top pair minutes as well as getting power play time. He scored 10 goals with 32 assists and was -9 with 65 PIM in 66 games for Lewiston. Carrier scored five of his 10 goals on the power play. Despite a sub-.500 record, the Maineiacs qualified for the QMJHL playoffs but were dispatched by Drummondville in four games. Carrier scored 1 power play goal and was -5 with 14 PIM in the series.

2010-11: Carrier was a big part of Lewiston's turnaround as the MAINEiacs finished second in their division and reached the semifinals of the QMJHL playoffs. Carrier scored 11 goals and tied for the team lead with 39 assists in 61 games . His +40 plus/minus was second on the team and he had 75 PMs. Carrier scored 2 goals with 14 assists and was +5 with 12 PMs in 15 playoff games.


Talent Analysis

Although only average sized for a blueliner, Carrier doesn't back down from a challenge and plays a strong game against the boards. His positional play is spotty at times and he sometimes chases the play rather than focusing on his responsibility. Offensively, he has a heavy point shot that he can get away quickly with accuracy and he skates well, carrying the puck with confidence.



Carrier was a late-round selection and as such is a long shot to play at the NHL. The Caps are hoping that they may have found a diamond in the rough playing on a weak junior team. Carrier is by nature an offensive player from the backline and has some skills and creativity that set him apart from prospects his age - which is why he was drafted. He is still young enough to develop the complimentary elements to make him a successful attacking defenseman and potential power play specialist at the NHL level. But his game is still very rough in several areas at this stage in his career.


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