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Sabres go prospecting with Carrier



The injury to Chris Stewart and the trade of Jaroslav Halak mean the Sabres have nothing on the current roster to show for their deal with St. Louis involving Ryan Miller and Steve Ott.  But as you know, that deal wasn't made with the present in mind.  It was mostly about the future with the other three components to the deal being two draft picks and a young prospect by the name of William Carrier.

Carrier is a 6-2, 196 pound forward who plays for Drummondville in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  He has eight goals and 20 points in 25 games.  Carrier began the season with Cape Breton and had 12 goals and 41 points in 39 games before being traded to Drummondville.

Carrier was drafted by St Louis in the second round in 2013, 57th overall.  He was considered a first round talent but his draft stock dropped when he missed half of the 2012-2013 season with an injury. The injury occurred in December which meant he missed the second half of the season and was unable to play in the top prospects game. He was still listed 18th among North American skaters in the Central Scouting Bureau's final rankings before the 2013 draft.

Corey Pronman evaluates prospects for hockeyprospectus.com and ESPN Insider.  His report on Carrier says he has good size combined with offensive skill and a burning desire to leave it all out on the ice every night.  Pronman adds that Carrier isn't afraid to play a physical style or take punishment in the corners or in front of the net to make a play.  The 19 year old Quebec native is also said to have great hands and a cannon of a shot.

Carrier has picked up some international playing experience in his young career, playing for the Quebec team in the 2011 Under 17 World Hockey Challenge and for Team Canada in the 2012 Under 18 World Junior Championship.

Carrier will turn 20 in December which means he will be eligible to play for Rochester in the American Hockey League next season.

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