Jeff Carter joined his teammates for an on-ice workout on Tuesday, for the first time since breaking his foot in Los Angeles’ 4-3 overtime win on October 30.
The Kings were very vague about Carter’s injury at first, but once it was revealed it was a broken foot it was obvious he was going to miss multiple weeks. Carter has been in a walking boot for the last two and a half weeks, but his return to the ice is definitely a positive sign that he is progressing and healing well.
Carter said it is “a work in progress” – he is probably still a couple of weeks away from rejoining the Kings lineup, but this is a step in the right direction. Before going on the shelf Carter had five goals and four assists (nine points) in 14 games. Carter is an elite goal-scorer with two 30-goal and one 40-goal seasons under his belt. Last season he finished fourth in the NHL with 26 goals in 48 games (44 goal pace) and could score his way onto Team Canada’s Olympic team this February.
There is not many players that can score like Carter. With his return still a few weeks away, he is a good buy-low candidate right now. In his absence the Kings have had a chance to take a good look at prospect Tyler Toffoli. In eight games, Toffoli has four goals and four assists. The point-per-game pace has likely carved out a permanent role for the 21-year-old, even when Carter returns. Toffoli is only owned in 19% of Yahoo! leagues, so with Carter still a few weeks away – Toffoli should be a serviceable pickup, especially in deep leagues or keeper leagues.