William Carrier embraces his new role

Quebecer William Carrier takes full advantage of the confidence of his head coach to regain his offensive instincts. He scored his first career double on Wednesday in Las Vegas in a 4-1 Golden Knights win over the Senators.

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Carrier now has seven goals and 10 points in 21 games, hinting at his career-best offensive season if he can keep the momentum going. In seven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), he has never done better than nine goals and 20 points. It was last year.

“He’s a special player,” commented driver Bruce Cassidy after the victory, according to the circuit’s official website. It was good for him. He’s been making plays recently, but hasn’t scored in a while. He was trying to make games for [ses coéquipiers]. He is rewarded for his work.”

Change of role

Since making his way to the NHL with the Buffalo Sabers in 2016-2017, the 27-year-old Montrealer has always had a role of agitator and role player. But over the years, his instructors gradually gave him more leeway. “We are known for keeping up the pace or picking it up. Before, it was with checks and a good forecheck. There we scored a big goal right after they scored. The role has changed a bit, but we try to bring the same thing.

Success in the junior ranks

This offensive touch is not completely new for Carrier, who has totaled 73 goals and 189 points in 227 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

“You have to go back to junior [pour voir mon instinct offensif]. During the first years [dans la LNH]the role changes a bit. Here, the coaches are asking me to do more, with the power play and that kind of stuff.

Carrier therefore has a big role to play in his team’s excellent 16-4-1 record. He hopes to be able to continue on this sequence, considering the excellent confidence within his trio completed by Keegan Kolesar and Brett Howden.


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