Connor Carrick

by Brian Harling on December 19, 2017



Connor Carrick, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 190

Born: 1994-04-13

Hometown: Orland Park, IL

Drafted: 2012 by Washington Capitals, 137th Overall









December 2017 – At 23, Carrick is on the fringe of an NHL career. He is in steady competition for the bottom pairing defense spot with the Leafs. So far, Carrick has not been able to duplicate his scoring success from the minors. He has spent a few games in the press box so far this year but is still a serious candidate for a more secure spot on the leafs blue line. He has but one goal and two assists so far this season. Carrick is on the last year of his contract and is not waiver exempt so Leafs will eventually have to decide if he is a steady NHL player or not. Brian Harling

December 2017 – Carrick has made the NHL but is sharing a sixth D spot with Roman Polak. Carrick is no longer waiver exempt so it is very unlikely he is put on waivers. If Leafs do put him on waivers it is fairly certain that he would be claimed. Carrick is a good puck moving defenseman that scored well in the AHL but has not been able to carry that offense over to the NHL. In 100 games with the Leafs Carrick has six goals and ten assists. He is decent defensively in his own end but not a standout.  Carrick will be kept with the Leafs this season but he will face serious competition for a spot with the Leafs next season from Rosen, Dermott and maybe Liljegren. Brian Harling

September 2017 – The organization currently has left a door wide open for Carrick to come crashing through, should he have a solid camp. Newcomer Nikita Zaitsev and Frank Corrado are the main competition for an everyday lineup slot and 7th man. Many have Zaitsev penned into the lineup, but myself and the organization need to see that he can translate the KHL into NHL. The sparsely used Corrado hasn’t exactly made himself a sure fire roster player, if the newcomers prove their worth he could find himself once again relegated to waivers or possibly dealt. After Carrick’s audition to end last season and his masterful performance in the AHL playoffs, the Leafs are looking for him to give them another lively offensive weapon to make the blueline as dangerous as their forwards look. Jason Banks


February 2016 – Carrick has moved over to the Leafs as part of a package that came from the departure of Daniel Winnik. Carrick a virtually NHL ready prospect that plays a solid, well-rounded game who will produce stats and can be used in all situation. He slides into the organization as the best defensive prospect and should be playing with the big club the rest of the season barring management deciding AHL playoff experience is more important. The Maple Leafs and fantasy managers should be reasonably pleased with his mid-pairing potential. Jason Banks


February 2016 – Carrick is again leading the Hershey Bears defense in scoring, this time he has 23 points, in 42 games. He also leads the defense in goals, with 10, powerplay goals (3), plus minus, and has an impressive 43 penalty minutes. He plays in all situations and is the minute leader for the Bears to top it all off. If it was not for the Capitals loaded blue line he would be playing the the NHL right now. He is one to hold on to for his future defenseive depth in fantasy hockey with his potential multi-category production. Pat Quinn


Nov 2015 – Carrick is the top defenseman for the Hershey Bears and has played in every game to date. He has only three points but is used in every situation, meaning his powerplay minutes are down a little this season. He has the most shots of any defenseman on the team with 25 and is likely the first call up for the Capitals if a couple injures were to occur. Pat Quinn


Oct 2015 – Carrick was cut from training camp where he will again be the top Bears defenseman for Hershey and likely a top call up. Pat Quinn


Aug 2015 – Carrick finished the year leading the Bears defense in points (42), goals (8), assists (34), shots on goal (122), and he finished third in penalty minutes (132) among the team. He is on a last year of his entry-level deal where he is still on a two-way contract and can be sent down this year. With a crowded blue line that will likely be the case as six defensemen ahead of him have one-way contracts, and he is better suited for big minutes for the Bears than healthy scratches or bottom pairing minutes for the Capitals. Pat Quinn


March 2015 – Currently the top scorer among the Hershey Bears defense core Carrick is having a very good year. He is first in goals, assists, shots, and is surprisingly third on his team in penalty minutes with 126 in 67 games, a very surprising stat. He is a defenseman slightly on the smaller size who still needs to add muscle to his 185 pound frame. He would likely have a spot next season for Washington, if there were not five already taken, and he does have one year still remaining on his contract. So expect him to likely be in the AHL next year as well. Pat Quinn


November 2014 – Since being sent down to Hershey, Carrick has been playing top three minutes on the Bears defense. He has five points in 12 games and has looked very solid defensively. Recently, due to injuries, he has been playing his off side on defense and according to head coach Troy Mann he has not looked out of place. His play should help him look to be a solid depth option on defense to the Capitals should injuries call, but more offense would be nice. Pat Quinn


August 2014 – There is no doubt about it, Carrick was in over his head at the NHL level and was sent down mid-season. Him being able to play the final four Capitals games at the end of the season shows that the Caps think highly of him still. Carrick in his own end is an adventure at times but there is no denying he has offensive ability and is a good distributer of the puck. The additions to the Caps defence this year guarantees that Carrick will play the majority of the year in the AHL, which is ideal for his development. He may still get a few cups of coffee with the team this year if injuries strike the roster but do not expect to see him full-time until 2015-16. A lot of what will happen with him depends on what the Caps do with Mike Green and if he can stay ahead of Madison Bowey on the depth chart. Pat Quinn


February 2014 – Carrick was recalled to the Caps after his strong World Juniors performance and has now suited up for 20 NHL games (17 in the new year). His role with the Caps is increasing as he saw almost 20 minutes of ice per game six games in a row before the Olympic break. He has one goal, five assists, 21 PIM and 22 SOG in 20 games for Washington this year. Nathan Kanter


January 2013 – Carrick had three assists and was a plus-7 in five games at the World Juniors before the US bowed out to Russia in the quarterfinals. Though discipline was a problem for the Americans in the final two games of their tournament, Carrick wasn't part of it as the scrappy defender stayed out of the box the entire tournament except in the opener against the Czechs. The fifth-round pick had a strong overall tournament both offensively and defensively, and received player of the game honours in the loss to Russia. Nathan Kanter


December 2013 – Connor Carrick is one of seven defensemen officially selected to the American Under-20 World Junior roster for the upcoming Championships in Malmo, Sweden. With just three returning players the Americans will have a hard time trying to win back-to-back championships for the first time in their country's history. Carrick is the only blueliner with pro experience, let alone NHL experience, and he will be relied upon heavily if the Americans are to go far. Nathan Kanter


December 2013 – Carrick was named to the Team USA World Junior Preliminary Roster. He has previous international experience as he was part of the American silver medal team at the U-17's three years ago and the gold medal U-18 team two years ago. Since being assigned to Hershey in mid-October he has compiled four assists in 13 games. Look for him to play a prominent role in Malmo. Nathan Kanter


October 2013 – Carrick was sent down to the AHL on October 11th. Though he is only 19, he does not have to go back to major junior because when he was drafted by the Capitals he was taken out of the U.S. National Development program and not the CHL. Other players such as Morgan Rielly who were drafted from a CHL team and are not yet 20 are not allowed to be assigned to the AHL. In three games with the Caps, Carrick did managed to pot his first career goal while registering just over 13 minutes of ice-time per game. The demotion is not a sign that his development is going the wrong way as coach Adam Oates still had the option of sending him back to Plymouth but felt Carrick had outgrown the OHL. Odds are he will be recalled at some point this season but will continue to see limited minutes. Nathan Kanter


October 2013 – Carrick has surprised many and made the Capitals opening day roster. He will play his first NHL game against the Blackhawks October 1st while playing on the bottom pairing with Jack Hillen. He can still be returned to junior but the word out of Washington is that he is improving on a daily basis. This is great news for Carrick owners and if he's available in your league he is worth a pick-up, especially if it counts PIMs. Don't start him, but grab him and keep him stashed. His progress is faster than anticipated. Nathan Kanter


May 2013 – Connor Carrick, a product of the U.S. National Development Team program, is a two-way defenseman who plays with an edge. Hailing from Illinois, the 19 year-old chose a route few draft picks do (if any) by committing to the University of Michigan for 2012-13 but only on an academic basis. This allowed him to simultaneously play a full year for the nearby Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In his first major junior season, Carrick posted more than respectable numbers with 12 goals and 32 assists in 68 games, to go along with 79 PIM and a plus-27 rating. Granted, Carrick was not exactly a rookie (at 18) and he played on a very strong Whalers squad, but he certainly still has serious abilities with and without the puck. He can make the first pass, he can get the puck to the net, he can skate, and he can fight. During the Whalers playoff run, Carrick put up an additional 18 points in 15 games (two goals, 16 assists). Still a ways away, this kid could be a productive defenseman with additional versatility due to his potentially high PIM totals. Nathan Kanter


Fantasy Outlook: B


His arrival to the NHL has been pushed forward in a new organization and should provide modest production as a mid-pairing defender who should get powerplay time on a second unit. 




Carrick's first NHL goal vs Calgary:



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