Jeff Carter's upside?

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  1. Gags1288

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    When the Flyers selected Carter at 11, there was a lot of criticism. I'm wondering after people have had the chance to watch Jeff play in the WJC, have people's opinions changed? What do you think his upside at the NHL level is? Could he be a Mats Sundin player or do people still see his upside as a real solid #2 center and a slight reach at #11 overall? I'm asking because i've only been able to see 1 game and I'm wondering what the last few games have told people about him, if anything.
     
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    He is awesome,imo hes gonna be another Joe Thornton.
     
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    I would not go that far, but he is a great player and should be a #1 centre.
     
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    My opinion has not changed since before the draft: this guy was IMO one of the top 10 best players available in 2003.

    He's awesome, big guy who uses his range well in the offensive zone, very smooth and skilled. Lots of upside and should be a good NHLer.

    2003 was a very good draft for Philly.
     
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    He's huge good good player drafted by the Flyers, even though I hate the Flyers I give Bobby Clarke credit he pick a good one. Carter might turn out to be a JR type player, also lets not froget Mike Richards he's going to be a great player as well.
     
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    he will be a poor man's joe thronton....that is still very good but joe was drafted #1 overall for a reason.
     
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    Im interested to read your opinion on Mike Richards. With who in the NHL would you compare him ? And how many points could he get in his best year ?
    THank
     
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    yeah, it would be great if Carter ended up as good as Thorton but from everything I have read he isn't very physical for his size as is Thorton. other than physical play, he has every other intangible to be a great player in the NHL.

    Richards has a good skill set but it will be his heart and drive that enable him to exceed his skill set.
     
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    from what I've read he's been compared to Mike Ricci with more offensive upside or Doug Gilmour.
     
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    Having seen Mats Sundin play over the last 8 or 9 years, Jeff Carter looks like a replica of Mats. Aside from the obvious size differencial and the fact that Carter will need to put on some size, I think that skill wise, he's very similar to Sundin.

    Smooth, long reach... all the good stuff.

    IMO, potential: #1 centre... perrenial all-star.
     
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    Oh... and Mike Richards has constantely been compared to Bobby Clarke throughout the tournament. I haven't seen Clarke play, but I take it's a good thing.
     
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    Even if he really only becomes a very solid #2 center...how would that be a reach of any kind? Considering what a crapshoot the NHL draft it, I'd say the Flyers will have a done real well to find a 2nd line player who can be a pivotal player from them for a decade or so with a #11 overall pick. Thats not to say he won't become more (or less). I just think if you could guarantee a franchise a #2 NHL center with a #11 pick, especially one like the Flyers who are pretty darn good to begin with...they'd take that almost any day of the week.
     
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    I much prefer that comparison to the Thornton one.
     
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    Well, that's great.

    I'm just saying that having seen Sundin play 500+ games... I see a lot of him in Jeff Carter. And apparentely so does Marty Abrams, his head coach in Sault Ste. Marie.
     
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    A cross between Sundin and Thorton, slightly pushing towards Thorton is a good one. Either way you slice it, look at the company were comparing him with. I've been very impressed with Carters play this year, Him and Stewart look awesome at the WJC. I think the Flyers got a real good one in Carter, 1st line center isn't easy to find these days, expeacially drafting outside of the first 10, but Carter looks like a real treat.
     
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    Yeah, I agree with you. I've followed Mats Sundin very closely, particularly in the Nords year. The similarities are even more glaring because I can still imagine the very raw Sundin at his beginnings and when I look at Carter, I see some of that.
     
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