On Day 14, we highlight a center who will help the Chicago Blackhawks with face-offs and bottom-six depth, Ryan Carpenter.
We are now down to just 14 days until puck drop! Keeping that in mind, let’s highlight another new face on the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2019-20 roster, Ryan Carpenter.
Player Spotlight: Ryan Carpenter
Ryan Carpenter was never drafted into the NHL. Instead, he was given an opportunity with the San Jose Sharks at the age of 25. Carpenter is now 28 and has played in 132 NHL games.
Carpenter has only put up 37 points during his NHL career, but he did score a goal against the Blackhawks last season.
Ryan Carpenter has been a member of 2 teams during his NHL career, the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks.
Despite playing in 17 of Vegas’ playoff games in 2018, Carpenter was not given the opportunity to prove himself again last season, during the Knights’ first round loss to the Sharks.
Carpenter has gone the distance and played in the playoffs. During the 2018 playoffs, he registered 5 assists and had a face-off percentage of 51.5% during the playoffs.
Obviously, your main goal is to win a Stanley Cup as a player, so hopefully, Carpenter can push for that goal this year and register a playoff goal along the way.
When Ryan Carpenter signed with the Blackhawks this offseason, he did it to seek an opportunity to succeed. The Blackhawks had a very strong offseason. By signing players like Carpenter, the depth in Chicago is amazing.
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When I look at Ryan Carpenter, he reminds me of a few different former Blackhawks. Obviously, he is similar to Marcus Kruger. Kruger and Carpenter both play center and Carpenter will be called upon to play on the penalty kill this year.
I also see ex-Blackhawk, Andrew Desjardins, in Carpenter. Both forwards went un-drafted, both forwards got their start in San Jose, and both forwards are role players.
Desjardins was an integral part of the Blackhawks when they captured the Stanley Cup in 2015. Hopefully, Carpenter can play a similar role for the Chicago Blackhawks in 14 days.