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Jeff Carter: The Sniper Is Having a Stellar Season for the Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 25:  Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers waits for a faceoff during an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center on January 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Bleacher ReportAnalyst IFebruary 7, 2011

If you're following the NHL in 2010-11, you're hearing about the stellar years that Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby, and Daniel Sedin are having.

Stamkos leads the league with in goals (40) and points (72) while Sedin is a close second to him in the points category with 69. Crosby is second in goals (32), and third in points (66).

Heck, you'll even hear about Danny Briere on the national level.

Briere, who carried the team offensively during their Stanley Cup run last spring, has tickled the twine 26 times this year, good for sixth in the NHL.

But you're not hearing about Jeff Carter.

Carter, who signed an 11-year, $58 million contract extension in November, is quietly putting together an outstanding season.

The 26-year-old forward has 25 goals and 23 assists for 48 points in 53 games, good for second on the team behind team leader Claude Giroux.

However, his 25 goals have come in silence.

Playing for the best team in the East, Carter has to compete with the likes of Briere, Giroux, and Mike Richards for attention.

I think it's time to start recognizing the dominant season Carter is enjoying.

Since signing his extension, Carter has 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists). He has five goals in his last five games, and points in seven of his last 10. He has four multi-goal games, including a hat trick against Carolina. He's third in the league behind Alex Ovechkin and Dustin Byfuglien with 225 shots.

Carter's playing at the level he was two years ago when he scored 46 goals, and set a career high with 84 points. The only difference between then and now is that Carter is playing a more complete game.

While Carter still lives by his streaky ways, he's finding ways to contribute even when he's not putting the puck in the net. The 6'3", 200-pound Carter still creates scoring chances with his lethal wrister. If you look at the Flyers forwards, no one besides Carter has a blistering shot.

Shooters gotta shoot.

Coming into the season, Flyers' fans pondered who was going to pick up the slack in the goal column after Philly traded away Simon Gagne in the off-season.

For the orange and black, Jeff Carter's deciding to do his part.

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