Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Carter Put on Waivers

SKCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Ryan Carter #20 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Honda Center on November 3, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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I won't pretend I have no biases.

I'm a Ryan Carter fan.

The guy was extremely underrated and in typical Randy Carlyle fashion, underused and unappreciated.

I'm not going to pretend that he was the guy to make or break a team, and by no means would he score 30, 20, even 10 goals in a season, but he was more than that.

Starting off the 2009-2010 season, he was by and far at his best. He was playing hard and skating well. During a time when the team was struggling, he was one of the players who stood out by giving more than 100 percent.

When Carter was introduced to the NHL lineup during the Ducks' run to the Cup in 2007, he flew under the radar. But when he stepped in the following season for an injured Samuel Pahlsson, he turned up the volume on his NHL career.

If it weren't for freak accident after freak accident, Carter might have found a more stable role on the Ducks' roster. Unfortunately, injuries set him back and he was often found on the healthy scratch list.

I don't think many people would stop and say that Carter was on the top of their list in terms of skill and talent and unless you walked by me, it was rare sight to see his jersey in the stands. He will now have the opportunity to make the most of a new situation.

The guy who was called upon to fill the holes in the line up, was never given the chance to make his job regular.

As a Carter fan, I hope he gets picked up by a team that will use him wisely. 

He's worth way more than the Ducks ever gave him credit for, and I'll be sad to see him go.


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