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Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Jeff Carter

Dec 7, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

Jeff Carter AP

The Wednesday Wake-Up Call is where we pick a struggling player and kindly ask him to SNAP OUT OF IT ALREADY. COME ON. YOU’RE BETTER THAN THIS!

Jeff Carter, C, Columbus Blue Jackets

Key stats: 3G, 5A, minus-2 in 15 GP

Brough and I saw Carter play in Vancouver last Tuesday. His performance wasn’t so much bad as it was nonchalant — if I had to describe Carter’s interest level in a word, it would be “whatever.” (If I had to choose a sound, it’d be “meh.”)

Yes, he’s coming back from a broken foot and yes, the Blue Jackets are awful. But there are other guys producing, guys like Vinny Prospal (7G-14A-21PTS) and Fedor Tyutin (on pace for a career-high 38 points). The Wiz has been racking up the points as well. Carter, meanwhile, looks like he’s going through the motions, which will be hard to continue given his contract runs through 2093.

Perhaps the most disturbing part of Carter’s game is his poor PP production. A guy that scored 24 times with the man advantage from 2008-10 has just two powerplay points (this despite averaging 4:10 of PP time a game, playing alongside Columbus’ leading scorers in Prospal and Rick Nash.) Yeah, Columbus’ power play stinks — clicking at 12.5 percent, 26th overall — but the BJs get a ton of chances and Carter’s out there for most of them.

So wake up, Jeff Carter. Your team needs you.

  1. whittle79 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Carter you are a Bum !! Have another drink !!

  2. jagrbomb18 - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Nonchalant is a perfect word to describe carter. One might also use words like no heart, selfish, and sucks. All he does is skate up the wing take a crazy wrist shots ..misses the net and boom fast break the other way….at least twice a game….thanks again Columbus !!! : )

  3. phillyphever - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Methinks Columbus would like a mulligan on that trade. TOO BAD!!!!

  4. cakrywyj - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Remember when people called Philly crazy for trading him? We’ll be waiting for that apology ….

    • danphipps01 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      I think people figured you were nuttier for trading Richards, who actually gives a flying fuck about hockey. Carter was a bit of a shock based on his goals, but no-one’s ever confused him for a gritty, all-heart leader.

  5. mojosmagic - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Carter was traded because he was a party animal who didn’t work at his craft after signing a huge contract. He wants to be a center because he gets to skate on open ice but can’t make a play or win a face off. Maybe his chronic foot issues has Carter tip toeing into corners. He does have a great hair dresser a beautiful dyed blond hair.

  6. obamablowz - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Makes me soooooooooooooo happy to see him playing for another team….LETS GO FLYERS

  7. dcent87 - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    HIGH & WIDE!

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    I’ve been saying this since the day he was traded, he won’t do well in Columbus. He needs a legitimate playmaker because all he does is shoot the puck. He won’t go into the corners. He won’t throw around his body. He won’t crash the net. CBJ got fooled by the numbers. But if you watch his game you know his numbers are as shallow as the Schuylkill River in the middle of July.

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