Most likely to Succeed is our newest series which points out one player from every team and explains why that player is poised to increase their point totals. While some teams may have more than one player likely to breakout and some none, we will focus on the ones who actually should improve with a full healthy season. File this article under a sleeper-type but sleepers would not be called that if people saw them coming.
Jeff Carter received very little credit for another excellent year mainly because of his lofty expectations set after a 46 goal campaign. Keep in mind that most of the Philadelphia Flyers were underachievers during the regular season and that his 33 markers led the team despite missing eight games. Team captain Mike Richards only finished with one more point despite playing every game.
His flack may stem from his lack of physical play on a team where physicality can be expected. This disappointment simply does not translate to the fantasy screen as we as owners will take anything between 33 and 46 goals. Center as a position is very deep this year so you can afford to gamble on a winger in the earlier rounds and find a player like Carter or John Tavares later.
In addition, Carter only has one more season on his current contract which tops out at 5 million. He could be seeking a substantial raise from an already cap-strapped team and play his way out of Philadelphia, to a place where he would be an undisputed number one center. We like young players on contract years, they tend to impress at a higher level.