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Drafted: 2012 No. 115 (4th round)
2013-14 Teams: Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
2013-14 Stat Line: 60 GP, 22 goals, 29 assists, 51 points
Trevor Carrick, once just a middle-of-the-road draft pick with a "project" label, exploded into the upper tier of Hurricanes prospects with his prolific 2013-14 campaign.
With 22 goals and 29 assists, Carrick led all OHL defensemen in goals and ranked eighth in points, falling just two points shy of 2014 first overall pick Aaron Ekblad and topping 2013 top-10 selection Darnell Nurse.
For comparison, Ryan Murphy—Carolina's top-ranked young defenseman—played 48 NHL games last season after recording 48 points in 54 games during the 2012-13 OHL season. Not only did Carrick roughly match that level of production in 2013-14, his height also exceeds Murphy by three inches.
Wrote OHL scout Brock Otten:
There's no question that Carrick had a great OHL season. His shot is a lethal weapon. It's hard. It's accurate. And he's great at jumping up in the rush to find shooting lanes. As a defensive player...his mobility has improved and he's become a tough player to beat one on one.
But Otten also notes turnovers as a major concern, and Carrick's ability to balance his obvious offensive prowess with his defensive responsibilities will be a storyline to watch closely against the tough competition in camp.