For those of you who have seen Carter and/or Malkin play, I am wondering if you can give me an assessment as to their future offensive potential. Malkin has often been placed in the same class as Ovechkin, with electric offensive skills and attention to detail in his own defensive end. Malkin also seems to possess a more mature professional attitude when compared to Kovalchuk and Ovechkin. I've only been fortunate to see Malkin play at the WJC, and I was very impressed. Another year of conditioning and training in Russia will only further develop his skills and allow him to step right in to the NHL next season. Carter, on the other hand, has not received the same type of 'hype' that surrounds players like Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, etc. However, having watched Carter play the past two seasons in the Soo, and at the WJC, I believe he posseses all the important attributes to be a top line player in the NHL. He has explosive speed, soft hands, an amazing shot, and is adept at manoeuvring in traffic around the net. At the WJC, IMO, he was hands down the best player on the ice. He was clutch in scoring big goals when needed, and quietly lead the team on the ice. I've seen Carter compared to Joe Thornton, although I don't see the same type of mean streak that Joe possesses. I see Carter developing into a 90+ pt player at the NHL level, while retaining all the intangible skills ala Sakic and Yzerman, that will lead his club to championships. From what I've read about Malkin, he appears poised to develop into a 80+ pt player in the league. His offensive skills might in fact be superior to Carter, however, I feel that Carter is a more complete player than Malkin and thus will serve to enhance his success at the NHL level. What are your thoughts?