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League – 49
Challenge Cup – 12
Continental Cup – 9
Goals: 22 / Assists: 18 / PIMs: 22
It would be very easy just to type “who?” here. I’m struggling to think what he actually brought to the team. He might be a nice bloke but we don’t sign people to be ambassadors for the club, we sign them for what they’ll do for us on the ice and his input in that field was disappointing to say the least. Probably bottom of my list of players I’d like to see back next year.
I said it many times on the Podcast that I was expecting great things from him after speaking to Gap Rapaces fans in France during their CHL campaign as they were very sad to see him go. What we got was a massive disappointment. If he returns I will not be happy.
Frustrating just doesn’t cut it for Carter this season. Epically skilful, as we have seen in flashes, albeit small and infrequent flashes, casual and nonchalant are the best ways I can describe his play. Every decent team needs a player of that kind of skill and you can forgive the way they play when they put up big points, think Ling/Galbraith, but when you’re one of the go to guys for point production and you get one 1 point more than Andy Sertich in the season then you’ve got serious problems.
Nice bloke apparently.
To quote a rather famous rap lyric, don’t believe the hype…. from Gap fans! Unbelievably frustrating to watch over the course of the season and a surprise he survived as long as he did without being jettisoned from the roster. Perhaps not paired with complementary forwards to utilise his skill, but regardless, he’s another one who’s languid approach to games riled fans who wanted to see more productivity from a player who arrived with high expectations and was clearly a technically skilled guy whose game was centred more on finesse than energy.
I think it’s fair to say that we were expecting more from Matt Carter, we’d had a glowing report from the fans at Gap, his previous club, and his numbers seemed to reflect that praise with him smashing over a point per game on average but our longer season hasn’t suited him at all and the numbers haven’t transferred well. He did have the good grace to wait until the end of the season to get an injury but I had hoped I’d have better things to praise him for at this point.