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Carson Quietly Solid in Debut

Tuesday, 12.9.2008 / 4:28 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Carson Quietly Solid in Debut

Brett Carson made a few noticeably good plays Sunday night, but most of his game was quietly solid en route to a sneaky 22 minutes of ice time, good for third-most on the entire team.

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For a 23-year-old defenseman going up against the likes of Alexander Ovechkin in his first NHL game, flying under the radar should be thought of as a considerable success.

“That was my whole game plan, just try not to make any blatant mistakes,” said Carson. “If I can go the whole game unnoticed, especially early on, that’s a positive for me.”

“I thought he played very well, and that was as tough of a game for a defenseman to play,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice. “There was a heavy two-man forecheck from a team that’s down a goal, and they just kept pounding.”

Carson’s NHL debut was a long time coming. The Hurricanes turned to Albany for defensive reinforcements six times last season following his impressive training camp, but each time it was Casey Borer, Tim Conboy or even Joey Mormina who got the call, not Carson.

After some conversations with then-Director of Player Development Ron Francis and the rest of the Hurricanes staff, he worked hard to get in better shape over the summer to make sure that didn’t happen again.

“You try to be as up front and honest with those guys as you can,” said Francis. “I think for me in the past, his conditioning needed to get better so that he could play at that higher level for 22 minutes. It comes down to the player making that commitment, and in the summer he made that commitment.”

Carson’s hard work was evident last weekend. Sunday’s heavy workload came during his third game in three nights, with travel required after each contest. It’s an unheard of schedule for an NHL player, but things are a little different in the minors.

“We do that quite often, so I was a little tired, but the adrenaline took over,” said Carson. “It’s pretty easy to get up for your first NHL game.”

Carson’s transition was made easier by the fact that so many of his AHL teammates have also made the jump recently. Just days before he joined the Hurricanes, he was playing with Borer, Conboy and Justin Peters in Albany. Now, injuries have brought all of them to the big club for the time being.

”Sitting in the room before the game there was a time where it was just me, Borer, Conboy, Leighton and Peters and we were all in there kind of joking around,” said Carson. “That helped me kind of ease the nerves.”

With four defensemen expected to remain on the injury report, Carson will most likely have to play numerous minutes again during the Hurricanes’ next game on Thursday in Philadelphia. 

Here’s hoping that game is as uneventful as his first.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72