William Carrier

Vegas Golden Knights
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Fantasy Summary

Carrier has the size and determination to become a consistent power forward in the bottom-6, but doesn’t hold much fantasy value.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 20, 1994
Height 6‘2”
Weight 212 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 2; Overall: 57

Observations

June 2018 – In his first season with the Golden Knights Carrier spent the entire year in the NHL, for the first time in his career. Unfortunately it was derailed multiple times with extensive injuries, and he was only able to suit up for 37 games – posting one goal and two assists. He is a power forward that isn’t afraid to throw his body around, but outside of bangers and mash type leagues, he doesn’t hold much fantasy value. That being said, he had one of the worst IPPs in the entire NHL, which is a stat that typically regresses back to league averages. So, one can expect that if he’s able to stay healthy and maintain in the Vegas lineup he should be able to produce at a higher pace by contributing more on the offensive side compared to what he did this past year. Mason Black

 

June 2017 – The Vegas Golden Knights have selected William Carrier in the Expansion Draft. Paul Zwambag

 

December 2016 – William Carrier has impressed many with his offensive zone awareness, elusiveness, and contribution in his own end this year with the Sabres as well as the Amerks. Carrier received a recall November 4th and has stuck with the club, discounting some assignments during off-days, through the remainder of the month. Carrier notched his first NHL goal on a tip-in past former Cape Breton Screaming Eagle, Marc-André Fleury. Carrier has been put on the Sabres top line and counted on as being the gritty playmaker for Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo. Max Marko

 

October 2015 – Carrier dressed for two preseason games, recorded zero points, four penalty minutes and one shot in just over 11 minutes of ice time per game. Carrier will head to Rochester to compete to make the top 6 forwards. Carrier will need to prove he still has an offensive game and isn’t just an energy third liner. If he makes it to the NHL, he is likely going to be a third liner who can give you some penalty minutes and maybe a couple of points per year. Paul Zwambag

 

June 2015 – Carrier had a very tough first year with the Rochester Americans, a good reason is he was the youngest player to lace them up for the Amerks this year. I’m sure Carrier wouldn’t use that as an excuse and will want to try to show the Buffalo brass that he is a key piece of the Ryan Miller trade and not just a throw in prospect. He is one of the few left wingers with upside in the Buffalo prospect pool. Carrier finished with 21 points in 63 games played. A couple more seasons of adjusting to the professional game will help Carrier in the long term, Buffalo will have to have patience with Carrier if they hope for him to suit up for the Sabres in the future. The Sabres have the time to teach Carrier the professional game with Kane, Moulson and Foligno as their top left wingers. Still two to three years away, projected to be a two way winger in the bottom six of the lineup. Paul Zwambag

 

March 2014 – Carrier has been traded to the Buffalo Sabres as part of a package including Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and potentially two first round picks for the Sabres long time star netminder Ryan Miller and pesky captain Steve Ott. The trade comes after weeks of speculation as to where Miller would land with St. Louis all along the probable landing spot. For Carrier this is the second time in the past two months he has been traded after already being dealt at the QMJHL deadline from Cape Breton to Drummondville. Carrier has just started heating up for Drummondville notching eight points in his past six games after going scoreless through five previous to that. So it seems that Carrier is starting to get comfortable at just the right time for his new team as they look to get hot and ride some momentum as they head into the playoffs. Carrier is just the first of likely many prospects to join the Sabres prospect system as they look to blow things up into a full rebuild mode. If this trade is any indication it looks like Tim Murray was the right guy for the job. Time will tell.  Travis Watson

 

September 2013 – Carrier will begin the 2013-14 campaign with Cape Breton of the QMJHL. Eric Daoust

 

August 2013 – Carrier signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blues. Eric Daoust

 

July 2013 – Carrier was selected by St. Louis in the second round (57th overall). The Blues have a lot of depth up front at the NHL level so he will likely be given a few years to develop. Eric Daoust

 

December 2012 – Carrier is a power forward who will go through you if he cannot get around you. He has a long reach and uses it effectively to protect the puck. He plays a simple game and is not afraid to go to the net. Carrier has improved every year and has Hockey Canada pedigree. He’s been the main offensive option on a weak Cape Breton team and currently sits tied for 20th in QMJHL scoring. He is projected as a late first or early second round pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Lac St-Louis Lions Bantam AAA QBAA 21 19 16 35 22 |          
 2009-2010 Lac St-Louis Royals Espoir AA QMEAA 22 18 13 31 30 |          
  Lac St-Louis Lions QMAAA 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2010-2011 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 61 8 4 12 54 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Canada Québec U17 WHC-17 6 2 3 5 10 |          
 2011-2012 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 66 27 43 70 65 | Playoffs 4 3 3 6
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 34 16 26 42 41 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2013-2014 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 39 12 29 41 42 |          
  Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 27 10 14 24 45 | Playoffs 4 1 3 4
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 2 |          
 2014-2015 Rochester Americans AHL 63 7 14 21 38 |          
 2015-2016 Rochester Americans AHL 56 13 17 30 48 |          
 2016-2017 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 5 3 8 21 |          
  Rochester Americans AHL 8 3 2 5 6 |          
 2017-2018 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 37 1 2 3 19 | Playoffs 10 0 0 0
 2018-2019 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 44 8 1 9 20 |          

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