Jeff Carter isn't known for his playmaking abilities or for laying big hits. Instead, the 28-year-old is recognized for his quick release and incredibly accurate shot, which makes him one of the NHL's best snipers.
Carter finished fourth in the NHL with 26 goals in the lockout-shortened 2013 season. That put him on pace for about 44 goals in a 82-game campaign, just two shy of his career-high 46. This year he may match that total.
Carter will play the right side on a line centered by his good friend Mike Richards, as he did last season. On left wing will be a newcomer to the Kings, Matt Frattin. With Frattin working hard along the boards and digging pucks from the corners, and Richards as the setup man, Carter should have plenty of scoring opportunities.
Look for Carter to score consistently throughout the year, especially on the power play and finish with at least 45 goals.