Born April 1, 1991 (age 21) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Right winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs
This guy was a birthday boy, and that’s no April foolin’. Carter played for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL, where he missed a good chunk of his rookie season because of injury. Despite that, he helped them to the 2008 WHL finals. He scored 50 points the next season, and he was picked by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2009 draft (they signed him to an entry-level contract when he attended their training camp). He went back to Lethbridge, and that season saw him traded to the Regina Pats; he was traded to the Tri-City Americans in the 2010-11 season. When their season was done, he played in two playoff games with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
Carter had played over half the season with the Admirals when he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 27, 2012. Barely a week went by – and he’d only played three games with the Toronto Marlies – when he got the call to play with the Leafs due to injuries. He’s been on the roster since then, and though he hasn’t scored a goal yet, you know he will at some point next season if not before that. Watch for him – he may surprise you.