Carter Rowney

Mark Allan

2018-05-13

 

Carter Rowney, RW/C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-2

Weight: 201

Born: 1989-05-10

Hometown:  Grande Prairie, AB, CAN

Drafted: Undrafted. Signed March 2016 by PGH to two-year entry contract

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

May 2018 – The late-bloomer is a testament to the power of persistence. He didn’t get his NHL debut until he played three junior seasons, four more in the NCAA, two split between the ECHL and AHL, then one full AHL campaign before reaching the Promised Land – a 27-game, seven-point big-league baptism. He even had three assists in 20 playoff games as Pittsburgh stormed to a second straight Stanley Cup. While he’s been a good AHL producer, Rowney is strictly an NHL fourth-liner, at least with the Pens. The 28-year-old is a UFA, the younger Riley Sheahan is an RFA and Rowney might soon be with another organization. Mark Allan

 

 

February 2018 – It’s a good thing the 6-2, 200-pounder can play right wing as well as center because Pittsburgh is loaded down the middle with Crosby, Malkin, Brassard and Sheahan. The 28-year-old Rowney plays with some grit and will probably join Sheahan and Tom Kühnhackl as one of the league’s more effective fourth lines. Rowney’s experience with faceoffs gives coach Mike Sullivan a good option should a linesman throw Sheahan out of the circle. Mark Allan

 

November 2017 – After missing 14 games with a broken hand, Rowney was pointless in a 21-shift, minus-2 effort in a 4-3 loss Nov. 24 in Boston. Again pointless three days later in a 5-4 OT win over Philadelphia, he had a better outing between Carl Hagelin and Bryan Rust, totaling five SOGs, three blocks and four hits in 15:56 as he supplanted Riley Sheahan as the third-line center. The responsible Rowney will never be a big NHL point-producer but can help a fantasy roster if defensive peripherals are counted. Mark Allan

 

October 2017 – Rowney is on IR and will miss at least two games after injuring a hand while blocking a shot during Pittsburgh’s 7-1 thrashing by the Lightning. Players aren’t normally placed on IR for such short-term injuries but, without affecting the rest of their 23-man roster, it allowed the Penguins to call up Casey DeSmith from the AHL to be Matt Murray’s backup since the porous Antti Niemi was waived. Since Riley Sheahan was acquired to be Pittsburgh’s No. 3 center, and Greg McKegg is playing well, Rowney doesn’t want to be out too long lest he be returned to the AHL. Mark Allan

October 2017 – In spite of having just one assist and a minus-2 rating after six games, the 28-year-old has settled into Pittsburgh’s fourth-line C role between Tom Kϋhnhackl and Ryan Reaves. Playing in all of the first six games, he totaled 13 hits, six blocks, a 52-per-cent faceoff win percentage and tons of SH icetime on the first PK unit. He’s vulnerable to replacement unless he nudges his points up, but he could help you in a deep pool that counts lots of peripheral stat