William Carrier: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #45

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TopShelfProspectsEdit: Drafted 57th by the St. Louis Blues.

William Carrier exploded out of the gate with 40 points in his first 24 games for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.  Playing with Alexandre Lavoie, they were really a two man wrecking crew for the Eagles.  Unfortunately there was no help for them, as Cape Breton really struggled to find any secondary scoring whatsoever.  Cape Breton realizing that they really weren’t a strong team decided to trade Lavoie to Rimouski in an attempt to rebuild.  This would really hurt Carrier and he would score just 2 points in his next ten games.  He literally had no one to play with, and no offensive support left on the team, and slumped as a result. Things went from bad to worse for Carrier as on December 14th, 2012 he suffered a series ankle injury.  Originally said to be a high ankle sprain, there were some complications, and he would end up missing the rest of the season.

However to put in perspective just how impressive Carrier’s 42 points in 34 games were.  He still finished the season as the second leading scorer on the Screaming Eagles.  First was Lavoie with his 49 points in 37 games.  This really shows how poor Cape Breton was as a team, and how little scoring they had without the dynamic duo.

Carrier has international experience winning a bronze with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF Under 18 World Championships.

Left Wing
Born Dec 20 1994 — Lasalle, PQ
Height 6.02 — Weight 205 — Shoots Left

At his best Carrier has a strong, powerful skating stride. He generates very good speed, and his acceleration is such that he can reach top speed in only a few strides. He has enough speed to take a defender wide and cut to the net. Carrier has great balance and is very difficult to knock off the puck. Carrier’s powerful stride allows him to fight through checks, and he has the ability to go straight through defenders at times instead of going around them. He has decent agility and edgework, but he’s more likely to use his ability to bulldoze a defender then to elude them.

Carrier cycles the puck extremely well down low, and finds openings to cut to the net. He has soft hands when he gets there and scores a lot of goals in tight either through this cutting to the net, or by standing in front with rebounds and tip-ins. Carrier also has good vision and can be an excellent playmaker, especially out of the cycle. A pure powerforward, he wins battles along the boards, and loves to throw his weight around on the forecheck.

Carrier has the added bonus of playing a strong two-way game. He brings his physical presence to his own end of the rink, and continues to be strong in board battles and hitting. He also cuts down on passing and shooting lanes and is not afraid to block shots. Carrier has good anticipation, and creates turnovers. He has been used on the penalty kill.

Carrier’s power forward style of game is reminiscent of Erik Cole, just as a Left Wing instead of a Right Wing. His potential is to be a top 6 forward capable of playing in both ends of the ice. He will need some time to develop, and it is hoped that all those points were not the product of Lavoie, but he could also be a real home run type of pick. His defensive game and skating ability will likely give him the opportunity to be a third liner, even if the offensive potential is not reached.

And a vid from the 2011-12 season

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  1. Guys like Carrier and Duclair have proven to be two great prospects with their superb rookie seasons two years ago.

    I was expecting way more of Duclair this year in the Q, but, he still has a great upside in my mind. Carrier has played for a bad team, which doesn’t help the numbers. You add that to the fact that he didn’t play a full season.

    Here’s my question now, as always Ben

    With what they’ve both done at 16, how can that second year affect them in reality ?

    I mean, its just a matter of being in top shape and ready when training camp opens, because every single player in Junior/PRO can have a sub-par season…right ?

    1. Its true, that every player can have a subpar season. But there are also kids who peak at 16 and don’t show progression. Most scouts want to see a progression for kids in their teens, continued growth.

      So thats what you have to do, assess why the kid didn’t progress.

      In Carrier’s case you have a guy who was looking really good, until Lavoie got traded, then he got hurt, and then he didn’t play. So was it a bad season due to lack of progression, or a bad season due to circumstances.

      For Duclair he also had some injuries, but then there were also maturity issues and defensive issues.

      And those are the types of things you weight against a 16 year old season.

      1. In Carrier’s case, it must have been heartbreaking to see the only guy being able to create things on the ice getting traded away. I mean, he was the only guy out there on the ice that could help you out IQ-wise. Those guys are youg fella’s that still needs to mature as individuals, and they are so young Ben.

        It makes me think that we’re putting too much emphasis in situations like Carrier’s one.

        He’s proven to be a great asset in the Q, without any help around him(Imagine). So I think we’re poisoning his real draft status because of that potential mental case that could exist because he faltered somewhere after that Lavoie trade.

        I don’t mean you specifically, but, a lot of people that relies too much on the mental side tends to take the defensive approach a little too much. Situations are all almost indentical, but Carrier’s one is from another outlet I think.

        In the NHL, Carrier will play with good TOP 6 players that knows how to create, whatever teams he ends-up being drafted.

        Where not talking about Junior anymore here….;-)

        Thanks for answering me every time Ben, I really appreciate. that.

        I love to debate

        1. I think you might have misunderstood.

          I was saying a scout has to make a decision.

          a) Did Carrier play poorly after the trade due to circumstances, (ie having no one to play with)?
          b) Did he play poorly because his development didn’t progress?

          The first one is forgiveable, and is absolutely no fault of the player, and one of those things that is easily correctable simply by getting him some good teammates in the AHL (and due to his late birthday, he will be AHL eligible for 2014-15)


          Was he just not progressing?

          Every scout needs to ask themselves this question when thinking about a guy like Carrier.

          1. I fully understood that, believe me.

            But, how can you grow your game out with no-one suited around you in terms of IQ to help you progress…?

            Your gonna try, yes….i’m not saying he wasn’t even going at it.

            It would drive anyone nuts to repeatedly end-up in a *CUL-DE SAC* nigth-after night. The opposition will more-than likely play you tougher than nail, just to help you remind yourself that it almost doesn’t have any sense.

            Makes me say that its a no-brainer here Ben…the mental aspect had something to do here.

            I’ve always been the top 1st line point producer on my teams, but, how can bounce back the year after when you’re being paired wih a 4th linemate(my case here) that only just has a *Barnaby* mentality(without any talent)….instead of that fluid guy that was putting it on your tape for a one-timer.(Vice-versa)

            This makes you over-try things out, the other team will learn those tendacies and its not good when your known as a dangerous fella….as everyone will focus solely on you ALL THE TIME.

            Can’t be as nice with no help at all, there’s no motivations at all in the end.

            But your still trying because you love it….TOO BAD !

  2. In Duclair’s case, it migth’ve been a X-fACTOR that made him had the year he ended up having.(I don’t know)

    When everyone around you tells you that you’re too good to be true, it might be hard mentally to bounce back at that age with the right training regimen….the one you’re normally used to go through before hitting that kind of prospect status.

  3. Well, the whole thing with Lavoie sounds interesting the way you tell it, but you’re totally off base. Lavoie was traded AFTER Carrier was hurt. He played three more games for CB. He wasn’t traded at the choice of the team, either. He went home and demanded a trade for education reasons. Wasn’t getting the quality of schooling he thought he should be. Also the season was a writeoff and his scoring would suffer with Carrier out of the lineup. Will could probably have returned earlier, but there was no reason to.

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