Jan 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) deflects the puck for a goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff (37) in the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Carter Gets First Crack on Canada’s Top-Line


 

Los Angeles Kings’ forward Jeff Carter reportedly practiced on Team Canada’s top-line next to Pens’ forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz Monday – according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

LeBrun also reported that although Carter is slotted on the the first-line for now, the Canadian coaching staff said they could be altered, and are in no way the official pairings.

Carter, 29, certainly brings diversity to a line that’s currently lacking size, but will he match both Crosby and Kunitz’ speed?

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound forward is also a center, so will playing on the wing hurt him? Of course, skating alongside Crosby will make his transition that much easier; however, it’s interesting to see Canada’ head coach Mike Babcock choose Carter over some other prominent candidates.

Carter can score, that goes without question. Leading the Kings in goals with 20, and ranking 29th in the league for those tallies, Carter definitely knows how to tickle the twine. That could mesh beautifully with Crosby’s pass-first style, yet, it has its drawbacks – like I said, the speed factor.

I originally thought Matt Duchene or Martin St. Louis would fit perfectly alongside Crosby and Kunitz, but they were the two extras at practice today.

Again, the lines are subject to change.

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