Ryan Carpenter Season Preview

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With the upcoming NHL season on the horizon, excitement is building among San Jose Sharks fans to see their favorite players back in the Tank. One such player drawing attention is Ryan Carpenter, whose journey in the world of hockey has taken him through many teams, as he finds himself on a familiar team this year. With an impressive track record and a standout performance last season, Carpenter’s presence on the ice is anticipated to be a highlight in the upcoming season.

Let’s dive into his past achievements, his projected role in the team roster, and the potential that lies ahead for this seasoned forward.

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Recapping Last Season

Ryan Carpenter’s journey during the 2022-2023 season was an intriguing one, characterized by his involvement in both the NHL and AHL circuits. The New York Rangers welcomed Carpenter to their lineup, where he contributed with one goal and two assists across 22 games. However, it was his time with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the Rangers, that truly stood out.

In 51 games last season, Carpenter’s performance shone brightly, with an impressive tally of 21 goals and 23 assists, resulting in a remarkable total of 44 points… claiming the second-highest goal-scorer position for Hartford.

Carpenter’s leadership qualities were also evident as his guidance on the ice propelled the Wolf Pack into the Calder Cup Playoffs. In this pressure-packed environment, he secured two goals and three assists over nine intense playoff games. His ability to shine during critical moments solidified his reputation as a player who thrives under pressure.

Where Does Carpenter Fit in San Jose?

As the anticipation for the upcoming season grows, a fresh wave of possibilities emerges for Ryan Carpenter. Having recently signed a one-year, two-way contract with the San Jose Sharks, Carpenter is no stranger to the organization. His journey began when he joined the Sharks as an undrafted free agent back in 2014. This marked the beginning of a journey that saw him make his mark with their minor league clubs, including the Worcester Sharks and the San Jose Barracuda.

With his wealth of experience and impressive track record, Carpenter is positioned to play a significant role within the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate, the Barracuda. As a seasoned veteran, he’s expected to embrace a pivotal leadership role, guiding and nurturing the younger prospects on the team. His familiarity with the organization, combined with his exceptional performance from the previous season, positions him as a strong candidate to serve as a driving force for the Barracuda.

What’s Next For Carpenter?

Looking ahead, the future holds a multitude of possibilities for Ryan Carpenter. His history of success, both in the AHL and the NHL, underscores his adaptability and determination as a player. As he embraces the role of mentor to the Barracuda’s rising stars, his leadership is poised to play a pivotal role in their development. Moreover, his knack for goal-scoring could serve as a valuable asset to the Barracuda’s lineup, injecting an extra layer of depth and offensive strength. Maybe we’ll see the Cuda back in the playoffs?

Carpenter’s journey from being an undrafted free agent to becoming a player with notable AHL and NHL experience underscores his resilience and unwavering drive. With the new season on the horizon, Sharks fans can anticipate the impact he’ll make both on and off the ice. Whether he’s guiding emerging talents or contributing with his own scoring abilities, Carpenter’s role is set to captivate attention, and there’s a genuine possibility that he’ll make a significant impact in both the AHL and potentially even in the NHL once again.

Sam Chacon

Sam Chacon is a Target Analyst serving the U.S. Air Force, and an aspiring writer for Inside the Rink covering the San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights, and the Norfolk Admirals

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