Carrier projects as a puck-moving, offensive defenseman with a top-four upside.
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March 2022 – If there is a list of underrated defensemen in the NHL right now, Alexandre Carrier would be near the top. In his first full NHL season, Carrier has become a staple in the Predators’ top-four, averaging the third-most minutes per game with 20:44. Although seen as a solid puck mover, his strength remains his defending. Fantasy-wise, Carrier is only worth a roster spot in deep bangers leagues as his shot-blocking numbers are reasonably high. For his current age and playing style, 35 to 40 points seem like a reasonable offensive ceiling for Carrier within the next few seasons. Curtis Rines
April 2021 – Carrier is seeing a steady dose of play on the big club this season. He is making a strong impression in his first full-time stint with the Predators. Seeing upwards of 20 plus minutes a game on several occasions, Carrier has shown a nice balance of defensive dependability and hasn’t been shy to power through a heavy shot count on net. It’s early in his NHL career, but Carrier has the potential to be a staple piece on the Nashville defense and a reasonable option in multi-category fantasy formats. Nicholas Kawka
July 2020 – Carrier has been named to the Nashville roster when the NHL resumes in August. Fresh off signing his contract with Nashville, his upcoming play will be the first viewing of what is to come for Carrier. Nicholas Kawka
April 2020 – After a great steady season of development, Carrier has signed a 3-year contract with Nashville. It is a two-way deal that does give Nashville flexibility to place Carrier in the AHL if needed, but the Milwaukee veteran will make a serious case to make the big league roster in 2020-21. Carrier led all Admiral defenceman in points with 37 over 55 games in 2019-20 and was on a stellar personal best scoring pace. While Carrier is one of many promising defensive prospects in Nashville, his right shot asset and all-around game bode well for his cause moving forward. Nicholas Kawka
January 2020 – Carrier has been producing at his highest rate in the AHL this season. He was recently named to the 2020 AHL All-Star game and has been called up to Nashville for his first NHL look in 2019-20. Nicholas Kawka
November 2019 – Carrier is off to another steady campaign in Milwaukee. With 11 assists through 16 games, he continues to be productive. As one of the most seasoned defenders, he’s been leaned upon more heavily to log situational minutes and is performed well. Carrier has been a solid contributor to the strong Admirals start this season. – Nicholas Kawka
July 2019 – Carrier closed out the year in Milwaukee with 37 points, an improvement from the season previous and managed an improved plus-minus rating as well. Carrier is making strides in his defensive play, which will be key if he hopes to take his game to the next level and stay there. He is going into the final year of his ELC and will look to make good on every opportunity. – Nicholas Kawka
September 2018 – Alexandre Carrier saw a dip in his production during the 2017-2018 campaign on a Milwaukee team that failed to qualify for the playoffs. Carrier is an excellent puck mover that plays heavy minutes on the power play for the Admirals. He still has top-four potential and will play on Nashville’s power play unit at some point in the future. Unfortunately, Carrier is still a liability in the defensive end. If he can improve in the defensive zone, Carrier will contend for a roster spot in 2019. Carrier has high upside in keeper leagues for power play points, assists, and shots. Matt Somma
November 2017 —Carrier finished his first season in the AHL with 39 points in 72 games and he added a couple of assists in three playoff games. Carrier had a cup of coffee with the Predators but finished the season with the Admirals. He has a goal and three assists in 13 games this season with the Admirals.
After Samuel Girard’s trade to Colorado, Carrier is now the number one defensive prospect in the Predators system. Let’s imagine that the 21-year old defender makes the team out of camp next year, there are only so little minutes to go around outside the top-four that the Predators have right now. Then again, the Predators GM, David Poile has shown us that he is not afraid to make a trade when he can improve his team. It will be interesting to see how he will manage the wealth of defenders Poile has in his system.
Carrier will probably get some sheltered games with the Predators this season and log big minutes with the Admirals. Niko Salminen
January 2017 —Carrier is playing his first season with the Milwaukee Admirals. The 20-year old defender has four goals and 16 assists in 20 games. Prior to this he had two strong seasons with the Gatineau Olympiques, posting 102 points in 125 regular season games, plus another ten points in eleven playoff games. For the past three seasons he was the assistant captain for the Olympiques. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators at the 2015 NHL draft #115 overall, in the fourth round. Carrier was a candidate to play for Canada at the U20 WJC.
The Quebec native is a creative and dangerous defender who plays a solid game in both ends of the ice. He likes to handle the puck and make plays. An all-around, creative defenseman that can skate well, give crisp tape to tape passes and get pucks to the net with his effective shot. His shots on goal went up from 54 to 147 in three seasons. He is shooting the puck more and that shows in the goals column too. Goals went up from three to twelve in the same period of time. Carrier can fill the stats categories too. He had 64 penalty minutes last season and is already up to 50 minutes in 57 games this season with the Admirals.
He is not the biggest of defenders. His size and lack of stature may be an issue against bigger, faster forwards at the NHL level. Niko Salminen