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Sutter: ‘I think Jeff Carter gets overlooked’

May 24, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

Jon Quick, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams Getty Images

Jeff Carter has been a goal-producing machine most of his career, but when you look at the Los Angeles Kings sometimes he gets lost in the mix. With guys like Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, and Anze Kopitar it’s understandable.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter understands what he’s got in Carter though and can’t say enough good things about him as Eric Duhatschek of The Globe And Mail shared.

I think Jeff Carter gets overlooked,” said Sutter on Thursday. “He was the leading goal scorer in our conference last year. I know a lot of the talk in this series has been about a player on our team [Kopitar] and a player on their team [Toews]. 

“Jeff is just as important to our team as both those players that are getting talked about. Those kids get an opportunity to play with a top player in the Western Conference. That pretty much speaks for it.”

Carter has been huge for Los Angeles ever since his arrival from Columbus in 2012. That season he helped spark a Kings offense that wasn’t performing well to a Stanley Cup.

This season, he had 27 goals in the regular season and has another seven in the playoffs, second behind only Marian Gaborik‘s nine. Three of those goals came in Game 2 against Chicago.

Staying out of the headlines is probably OK by Carter and it’s working well for L.A. With the attention focused on the Kings’ other stars, it gives him a chance to do his thing.

  1. gbatap - May 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Gotta love Sutts and his media sessions.

    Wednesday: “Those kids” and Carter aren’t a line and don’t even play together.

    Friday: Those kids get an opportunity to play with a top player in the Western Conference.

  2. joey4id - May 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Carter not overlooked by Stevie Y. and coach Babcock. He’s a gamer. Kings win again tonight. Go Kings!

  3. luvusa1 - May 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Glad Carter decided earn his contract instead of his laziness that Philly fans tolerated. Screws Columus in faking an injury…what a jerk. Use to be a Kings fan until this drunk arrived, Glad he is staying sober and not shooting wide right!

    • patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Glad you’re no longer a Kings’ fan.

      • machosasquatcho - May 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        Damn straight, blomfeld. You’re the authority on Kings fandom for sure. After all, you’ve been a fan since June 2012 or so.

      • patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        You’re an idiot, sasquatcho. I’m not blomfeld.

        Your obsession with him borders on either the sexual or psychotic. Since you NEVER post on PHT, except to get blomfeld’s attention, I’m guessing that it’s probably both. gfy

      • dannymac17 - May 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        this dude macho is such a douche canoe. seriously, contrary to your beliefs not everyone is blomfield. and also contrary to your beliefs, not everyone cares about blomfield quite like you.

  4. rushledger - May 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    He dislocated his shoulder in Columbus that’s a pretty serious injury and especially serious for a goal scoring center, that’s in poor taste to claim he was faking.

  5. luvusa1 - May 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    @patthehockeyfan: No one cares what you think. Please enlighten us with you astute hockey knowledge that you garnered from being a Kings fan only after they won the cup.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      “@patthehockeyfan: No one cares what you think. Please enlighten us … ”

      Ah! You actually DO care care what I think! I’m touched!

      P.S. No one called you a name. My comment wouldn’t get posted if I did.

  6. luvusa1 - May 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Atta boy: Start with the name calling to have to make a point.

  7. luvusa1 - May 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Really Rush? Just ask the Columbus fans about that. He whined before he ever stepped foot in Columbus and whined to get out.

  8. eagles512 - May 24, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Always liked him in Philly. Still root for him and Richards.

  9. luvusa1 - May 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I didn’t say you directed it to me did I? And no, still don’t care what you think.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Kindly go back to your coloring book and crayons. You don’t belong here.

      • machosasquatcho - May 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        blomfeld, you’re masquerading as a woman. That’s kinda messed up when you think about it. Just throwing it out there.

      • patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        sasquatch – if anyone knows what ‘messed up’ is, it’s you. again, gfy

        Admit it. You have a man-crush on blomfeld. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  10. rushledger - May 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    You got a pretty good return for Carter in Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick, and not many people would want to go to Columbus a few years ago.

  11. luvusa1 - May 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    You’re pathetic making a reference to maturity when you can’t keep up and resort to childish comments. Grow up.
    It is clear you don’t belong on here.

  12. 19to77 - May 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    It’s always a shame to hop on PHT and pop into a thread to make a hockey comment, only to realize it’s already been derailed by childish squalling.

    Anyway, can a guy who played for the last three Olympic teams really be called “overlooked”? Team Canada sure as hell doesn’t pass him up.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Let’s complete the childish squabbling: HE STARTED IT!!

      I’m joking, of course ;)

  13. 311sucks - May 29, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    i totally agree. the dude is dynamite now. though he has seen his numbers in the regular season get worse, he has been dynamite in the playoffs. he plays such an agressive attacking game but it isn’t as high risk as it was in the past.. i like it.

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