Jeff Carter or Patric Hornqvist – which will lead your fantasy team to victory?
This week we'll focus on two goal scorers – Jeff Carter and Patric Hornqvist – to find out which one is the better own.
Career Path and Contract Status/Cap Implications
Carter was a first rounder (2003) who landed in the NHL in 2005-06. His only point per game season (84 points in 82 games) was 2008-09 with the Flyers. Otherwise, he's never topped 66 points in a full season, although he's scored 25 or more goals in every season where he played 48 or more games dating back to 2007-08, even managing 26 (fourth in the entire NHL) during lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Hornqvist's was a draft bargain – selected in the seventh round (230th overall) in 2005 and arriving in Nashville during the 2008-09 campaign. He's since played in 363 career games compared to Carter's 636, and is two years younger. Like Carter, Hornqvist's value comes largely via his goal scoring, having reached the 21 goal mark (and between 43 and 53 points) in all four seasons where he's played 76 or more games.
Carter is signed through 2021-22 (when he'll be 37) on an 11 year, $58M deal with a $5.27M yearly cap hit. Hornqvist began a five year, $21.25M deal in 2013-14 with a $4.25M yearly cap hit. Thus, although Hornqvist is cheaper of the two for cap league purposes, the gap isn't as wide as I'd have guessed.
We'll get to see Carter's Ice Time for four different teams, including in 2011-12 with the Blue Jackets (39 games) and Kings (16 games), plus for his 66 point Flyers season in 2010-11. With Hornqvist, although his full season point totals haven't varied much we can see if there's been an evolution in his Ice Time.