Early Tuesday morning the San Jose Sharks acquired Trevor Carrick from the Carolina Hurricanes in return for defenseman Kyle Wood.
We’re in the midst of a dry period of the NHL off-season, however the San Jose Sharks are still making deals announcing early this morning that they’ve traded for 25-year-old defenseman Trevor Carrick.
The 6-2 196 pound defender has spent the past 5 seasons within the Hurricanes organization playing big minutes and serving as an assistant captain for their AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers over the past 3 campaigns.
Known for his offensive skill, ability to transition the puck, and tenacity on the ice the 4th round draft pick in 2012 has accumulated 181 total points in 347 regular season games for the Checkers, per eliteprospects.
At 25 it’s difficult to argue that Carrick has much of a gap left between him and his ceiling as a hockey player, however his value to the Sharks goes beyond his levels of on ice production. The left-handed blueliner brings an example of a hard-working skater who’s willing to guide a young San Jose defensive core while playing for the Barracuda this upcoming season.
His grit and leadership skills got put on display during this past seasons Calder Cup Playoffs where he helped lead the Checkers to their first Calder Cup in franchise history logging huge minutes and compiling 12 total points over 16 games.
The San Jose Sharks feel that they have something special brewing at the AHL level. So investing in an AHL journeyman with championship experience is a no brainier when you consider the amount of young skaters making their way through Team Teal’s roster.
On the flip side of this trade Kyle Wood gets sent to Charlotte. Wood got acquired last off-season from the Yotes and performed admirably scoring 35 points during 2018 – 2019. Nevertheless the San Jose Sharks felt that they had seen enough of the big man and exchanged him for Carrick on Tuesday morning.
This isn’t the news that Sharks fans were all hoping for but it’s refreshing to know that the Sharks are continuously planning on ways to improve the depth of this franchise. We shouldn’t anticipate Trevor Carrick to make much noise on the big club, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if we see Carrick playing a big role during the Barracuda’s 2019 – 2020 campaign.