Going into the 2011-12 season, Matt Carle may have been the fans' most hated Flyer not named Scott Hartnell. Everyone, it seems, was fed up with his untimely turnovers and careless errors in the defensive zone. Many criticized his lack of aggression in the offensive zone and his unwillingness to shoot the puck into trafic.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, for his critics), the 2011-12 Matt Carle seems to have improved quite a bit. On the defensive end, he has been making smart decisions and protecting the puck (his partner, Chris Pronger, has more turnovers than does Carle). Offensively, Carle has been far more aggressive. He's pinching more frequently, he's using his excellent skating ability to join the rush, and he's shooting the puck in all situations.
The results have been promising thus far: through six games, Carle has recorded 4 points (1G, 3A), a plus-four rating and 10 scoring chances. Not bad for a defenseman most fans wanted to see shown the door.