Jeremy Houghtaling

Fantasy Summary

Has a top-six mind, but his skating leaves something to be desired – success in the AHL may not ever translate to the NHL.


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 November 2019 – After claiming an AHL scoring title in 2018-2019, Carter Verhaeghe made the Tampa Bay Lightning out of camp and has played a small role in the team’s bottom six. The 24-year-old has just one point through the first 14 games of the season, but may see an uptick in production should he earn a place higher in Tampa Bay’s lineup. Brandon Holmes

July 2018 – After a career year with the Syracuse Crunch on the final leg of his ELC, Verhaeghe was inked to a 1-year, 2-way contract with the Lightning. His 48 points were good for second among Crunch players, a feat accomplished in 12 less games played than team leader, Mathieu Joseph. It’s important to note that Verhaeghe will now require waivers, should the Lightning wish to send him to Syracuse from the Lightning in the future. The clause could provide an important opportunity for the soon-to-be 23-year-old who appears could be prepared for a depth role on an NHL squad. Brayden Olafson

January 2018 – At the ripe age of 22, Carter Verhaeghe has already experienced some supreme lows to his professional career, as well as some mediocre highs. It seems as though Verhaehle is finally gripping his stick just right in his third full professional season. After being tossed around in the Islanders farm system over the course of his first two years he’s begun to assume a roll of a leader in the Crunch dressing room, and is currently one of Syracuse’s top scorers. While at one time it appeared as though the ship had sailed on this file, a bright start to the 2017 season has the former Niagara Ice Dog back on the cusp of being a fantasy relevant prospect. Brayden Olafson

July 2017 – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Verhaegh in exchange for goalie Kristers Gudlevskies. He split time last year between the AHL and ECHL with the Islanders affiliates. He is a long shot to make it to the NHL and should not be owned in any fantasy league. Peter Harling

May 2016 – Carter Verhaeghe’s first professional season was relatively successful.  He split the year between Bridgeport and the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks.  Verhaeghe was excellent in his time for the Mavericks, putting up 25 points in 20 games and averaging nearly three shots per game.  In the AHL, he registered 15 points in 30 games, but with just over one shot per game.  The Islanders chose to assign Verhaeghe to the Mavericks for their playoff run, where he has put up one goal and seven assists in eight games so far.  Missouri, however, are on the verge of elimination.  It does not look like there is anything for Verhaeghe to learn in the ECHL.  It is mostly a matter of finding ice time for him for the Sound Tigers.  He will look to establish himself as a full-time AHLer in 2016-17.  He is not likely to receive any NHL playing time until at least 2017-18.  Still, there is promise here and Verhaeghe is worth keeping a close eye on.  Brent Craswell

Nov 2015 – Verhaeghe was one of five players from the Maple Leafs involved in the Michael Grabner trade. He played four games in the AHL for the Sound Tigers before being demoted to the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks, not for lack of skill but to get him additional playing time as he was being healthy scratched a fair bit. In four games for the Mavericks Verhaeghe has two assists as he looks to develop his game. Pat Quinn  

February 2015 – Since receiving his running mate Brendan Perlini back from injury on December 4th, Carter Vehaeghe has seen a nice bump in production scoring 19 goals and 50 points (33 games) of his current 29 goal 69 point season totals (58 games). There’s no denying the chemistry that Verhaeghe and Perlini have in Niagara and with no coincidence the IceDogs are one of the OHL’s hottest teams. Ideally, Verhaeghe wouldn’t need to lean on this “chemistry” for production but it is certainly promising that he’s beginning to find the scoresheet playing alongside more talented players. It will be worth watching how he translates his game to the professional ranks. Brendan Ross October 2014 – Niagara centerman Carter Verhaeghe has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete in the November 17th game in Kingston. Verhaeghe hasn’t enjoyed quite the offensive surge that he started the 2013-14 season with (15-game point streak totalling 11 goals and 29 points) but he has recorded six points in the past six games after going pointless in three games to start the year. Brendan Ross   April 2014 – The Toronto Maple Leafs inked Carter Verhaeghe to a three-year entry-level-contract on April 2nd, 2014. Verhaeghe, assistant captain of the Niagara IceDogs, led the Niagara IceDogs in assists (54) and points (82) in 65 games in 2013-14. Verhaeghe will join the AHL Toronto Marlies on an amateur tryout after his IceDogs were eliminated in seven games of the OHL’s opening round of playoffs. Brendan Ross   November 2013 – Drafting late in the third round doesn’t look like it will be the issue many expected for the Leafs, who had only a single selection in the top 80. Verhaeghe has exploded on the OHL map almost tripling his moderate production from when he was a 17 year old and has been more impressive than several selected above him. For the most part, Verhaeghe plays a one sided, creative game and does not have the edge that has seemed to be valued by the Burke/Nonis (to a lesser extent) management system. He is currently a literal center piece of a younger Niagara Ice Dogs organization who will have large expectations next season for him following his current pace of around 110 points. The Leafs currently have several well rounded centers in the system but none that have top line production upside that Verhaeghe may have. He may be worth consideration in deeper drafts next season depending on his growth and consistency over the full year, but with another junior year left, he for the most part just a guy to watch for now. Brendan Ross



Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 14, 1994
Height 6‘1”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 3; Overall: 82


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs U16 AAASCTA U1645 34 3064 28|        
  Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs U16 AAAOHL Cup4 3 14 6|        
 2011-2012 Niagara IceDogsOHL62 4 1216 10|Playoffs19 1 23
 2012-2013 Niagara IceDogsOHL67 18 2644 22|Playoffs5 2 24
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 44 4|        
 2013-2014 Niagara IceDogsOHL65 28 5482 60|Playoffs6 2 24
  Toronto MarliesAHL2 0 11 0|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 Niagara IceDogsOHL68 33 4982 38|Playoffs11 6 814
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL30 6 915 6|        
  Kansas City MavericksECHL20 8 1725 2|Playoffs10 2 911
 2016-2017 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL45 16 1329 20|        
  Kansas City MavericksECHL16 12 2032 4|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL58 17 3148 30|Playoffs7 1 78
 2018-2019 Syracuse CrunchAHL76 34 4882 34|Playoffs4 1 56
 2019-2020 Tampa Bay LightningNHL52 9 413 8|Playoffs8 0 22
 2020-2021 Florida PanthersNHL- - -- -|