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Connor Carrick
Connor Carrick Leafs 2017.jpg
Born April 13 1994 (1994-04-13) (age 25),
Orland Park, Illinois, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 137th overall, 2012
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2013–present

Connor Carrick (born April 13, 1994) is an American ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. Carrick was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Connor started playing AAA hockey in Chicago with the Chicago Fury, who subsequently retired his sweater number. He played there a season before getting drafted into the OHL by the Guelph Storm in the 11th round, 212nd overall. The next two years, Carrick played with the US National Team Development Program, playing with the U-17 team the first year and the U-18 team the second year. That year, during his second season with the US National Team Development Program, he was traded from the Guelph Storm (for whom he chose not to play) to the Plymouth Whalers in exchange for a sixth-round pick and a pair of third-round picks.

During the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Washington Capitals selected Carrick in the fifth round, 137th overall. He chose to play the 2012–13 season in the OHL, where he played 68 games with the Whalers, recording 12 goals and 32 assists, for a total of 44 points, as well as 18 points in the post-season, while only playing in 15 games. He also led Plymouth in assists during the post-season with 16.

Carrick won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championship.[1]

ProfessionalEdit

On September 23, 2013, the Washington Capitals signed Carrick to a three-year entry-level contract, worth $550,000 the first two years and $575,000 the third year.[2]

The following season, Carrick made the Capitals' opening-night roster for Washington. He scored his first NHL goal on October 3, 2013, against Karri Ramo of the Calgary Flames, by a breakout pass from teammate Marcus Johansson that sent him on a breakaway as he left the penalty box.

On February 28, 2016, on the eve of the trade deadline, Carrick was traded, alongside struggling forward Brooks Laich and a 2nd round pick in the 2016 draft to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Daniel Winnik and the Anaheim Ducks' 5th round selection in 2016.[3] Carrick was immediately recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs to finish the season with the big club, joining other rookies such as Zach Hyman, William Nylander and Nikita Soshnikov. Upon the completion of the season, Carrick, along with the other rookies, were reassigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, in order to help the team in their playoff run. Carrick experienced a phenomenal playoffs, recording 18 points in 15 games (including one 5 point performance)[4] to become the league's leading playoff scorer; a rare feat for a defenseman. Despite this accomplishment, the Marlies were unable to secure a championship, being eliminated in the third round to Carrick's former team, the Hershey Bears. In reward for his strong statistics in Toronto, the Maple Leafs rewarded Carrick with a two-year contract extension on July 22, 2016.[5] The deal is a one way contract carrying an average annual value of $750,000.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Chicago Fury EHL 22 2 4 6 2
2010–11 U.S. National Development Team USHL 36 1 6 7 42
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 21 1 4 5 30
2012–13 Plymouth Whalers OHL 68 12 32 44 79 15 2 16 18 6
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 34 1 5 6 23
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 13 0 4 4 15
2014–15 Hershey Bears AHL 73 8 34 42 132 10 2 2 4 12
2015–16 Hershey Bears AHL 46 10 15 25 50
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 2 2 4 15
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 1 2 3 2 15 7 11 18 12
2016–17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 2 6 8 51 6 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 120 5 13 18 89 6 0 0 0 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States U17 Silver medal icon 5 2 5 7 0
2012 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon 6 2 2 4 2
2013 United States WJC 5th 5 0 3 3 4
Junior totals 16 4 10 14 6

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
IIHF World U18 Championship Gold Medal with Team USA 2013 [6]

ReferencesEdit

External links Edit

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