Daniel Carr Bulletin 2021
Next on our Washington Capitals player ratings is Daniel Carr. He didn’t play much, only six games in the NHL, but he did get an assist. The Caps are the fourth NHL team he joins after starting his career with the Montreal Canadiens.
Carr’s best seasons in Montreal came in his first and third seasons where he scored six goals in both. He had the most playing time with the Habs in 2017-18, playing 38 games. Carr would then sign as a free agent with the Vegas Golden Knights. He was there for a year before signing with Nashville before signing with the Caps in the offseason.
Carr was in a playoff game with the Caps in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins. It sparked outrage on the Caps’ Twitter as fan favorite Daniel Sprong was scratched by head coach Peter Laviolette in favor of Carr. He was penalized in 10:33 of ice time. Carr has spent most of the season as a member of the taxi team.
Laviolette explained his reasoning for ruling out Sprong in favor of Carr in an article by Ian Oland of Russian Machine Never Breaks:
“Just a different role, a different player. I actually thought Carrsy played a really good game. I thought his line was effective in the offensive zone. They were able to get in and stay there and generate opportunities at times. I think he made some good defensive plays, a good back chess.
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Carr skated on the third line with Conor Sheary and Michael Raffl in that game. By trick of natural statistics, that line skated 9:48 five-on-five with an attempting shot percentage of 66.7% while generating six chances to score.
Grade C: It was difficult to understand Carr with the limited ice time he had, but he did pretty well when he was there.