Carter Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe (/vərˈhɡ/ ver-HAY-gee;[1] born August 14, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the third round, 82nd overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.[2][3] Verhaeghe won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2020.

Carter Verhaeghe
Born (1995-08-14) August 14, 1995 (age 26)
Waterdown, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 82nd overall, 2013
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2014–present

Playing careerEdit

Verhaeghe played minor midget hockey with the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs before he was drafted 38th overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection by the Niagara IceDogs.

Following his second season with the IceDogs in 2012–13, posting 44 points in 67 games, Verhaeghe was selected in the third round, 82nd overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the conclusion of the 2013–14 season with the Ice Dogs, Verhaeghe was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs on April 2, 2014.[4] He immediately joined AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, signing an amateur tryout contract to play out the remainder of their campaign.

Matching his scoring totals from his previous season with the IceDogs, Verhaeghe scored 82 points as captain in his final season of junior in the 2014–15 season.

Prior to his first professional season, Verhaeghe was included in a multi-player trade prior to training camp by the Maple Leafs to the New York Islanders in exchange for Michael Grabner on September 18, 2015.[5] He split the following two seasons between the Islanders affiliates' the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL.

With one-year remaining on his entry-level contract, Verhaeghe was traded by the Islanders to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Kristers Gudļevskis on July 1, 2017.[6] In the 2017–18 season with the Syracuse Crunch, Verhaeghe in his first full year in the AHL, secured a top six scoring role scoring a breakout 48 points in 58 games.

In the following 2018–19 season, Verhaeghe captured the first AHL scoring title ever by a Crunch skater, claiming the John B. Sollenberger Trophy with 82 points in 76 games. His 34 goals tied Crunch teammate Alex Barré-Boulet in league scoring to share the Willie Marshall Award.[7] Verhaeghe holds the Crunch's single-season total point record with 82 points.[8]

On July 5, 2019, Verhaeghe was signed to a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning.[9] On September 30, 2019, the Lightning announced that Verhaeghe had made the team's opening night roster.[10] On October 3, 2019, Verhaeghe appeared in his first career NHL game, which came in a 5–2 Lightning win over the visiting Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena.[11][12] October 5, 2019, Verhaeghe recorded his first career NHL assist and point in a 3–4 loss to the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.[13][14] On December 7, 2019, Verhaeghe recorded his first career NHL goal and first career multi-point game in a 7–1 Lightning win over the visiting San Jose Sharks at Amalie Arena.[15][16] He scored his first NHL hat trick on January 7, 2020 in a 9–2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

On August 15, 2020, Verhaeghe skated in his first career NHL playoff game. In that game Verhaeghe recorded his first career playoff assist and point.[17] Tampa would go on to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Dallas Stars in six games, and Verhaeghe would become the second Sound Tigers player to win the Stanley Cup.[18]

Shortly after claiming the Championship, as an impending restricted free agent with arbitration rights and due to salary cap constraints, Verhaeghe was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Lightning and was released to explore free agency.[19] On October 9, 2020, Verhaeghe remained in Florida, agreeing to a two-year, $2 million contract with the Florida Panthers.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Niagara IceDogs OHL 62 4 12 16 10 19 1 2 3 2
2012–13 Niagara IceDogs OHL 67 18 26 44 22 5 2 2 4 6
2013–14 Niagara IceDogs OHL 65 28 54 82 60 6 2 2 4 6
2013–14 Toronto Marlies AHL 2 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Niagara IceDogs OHL 68 33 49 82 38 11 6 8 14 4
2015–16 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 30 6 9 15 6
2015–16 Missouri Mavericks ECHL 20 8 17 25 2 10 2 9 11 2
2016–17 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 45 16 13 29 20
2016–17 Missouri Mavericks ECHL 16 12 20 32 4
2017–18 Syracuse Crunch AHL 58 17 31 48 30 7 1 7 8 0
2018–19 Syracuse Crunch AHL 76 34 48 82 34 4 1 5 6 2
2019–20 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 9 4 13 8 8 0 2 2 2
2020–21 Florida Panthers NHL 43 18 18 36 31 6 2 1 3 2
NHL totals 95 27 22 49 39 14 2 3 5 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WJC18   7 0 4 4 4
Junior totals 7 0 4 4 4

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
AHL
First All-Star Team 2019 [21]
John B. Sollenberger Trophy 2019 [7]
Willie Marshall Award 2019 [7]
NHL
Stanley Cup (Tampa Bay Lightning) 2020 [22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2020–21 National Hockey League Pronunciations. Retrieved October 16, 2021
  2. ^ "Verhaeghe's hat trick gives Syracuse Crunch OT win over Rochester". syracuse.com. 2019-01-27. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  3. ^ Radley, Scott (2019-01-24). "Waterdown's Carter Verhaeghe playing his way back to the hockey dream". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  4. ^ "Leafs sign Verhaeghe to entry-level contract". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  5. ^ "Islanders acquire five players for Grabner". New York Islanders. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  6. ^ "Lightning acquire forward Carter Verhaeghe from Islanders". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  7. ^ a b c "Crunch teammates claim AHL top scoring awards". American Hockey League. April 14, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Quick Strikes: Carter Verhaeghe wins AHL scoring title for Syracuse Crunch". rawcharge.com. 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  9. ^ "Lightning re-sign forward Carter Verhaeghe to a one-year contract". Tampa Bay Lightning. July 5, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  10. ^ @JoeSmithTB (30 September 2019). "Carter Verhaeghe said Jon Cooper told him yesterday he made team and will make #NHL debut Thursday" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Lightning open season with victory over Panthers". Yahoo Sports. 2019-10-03. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  12. ^ @TBLightning (3 October 2019). "Congrats, Carter! Welcome to the show" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ @TBLightning (5 October 2019). "first point of his NHL career for Carter Verhaeghe" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Lightning just a bit out of sorts in 4-3 loss to Panthers". Tampa Bay Times. 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  15. ^ @BBurnsNHL (8 December 2019). "Carter Verhaeghe scores his first career NHL goal with 24.6 seconds to go. What a night for the rookie, who has 3 points, his first career goal and first career multi-point game" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Lightning pour it on, hammer Sharks". Reuters. 2019-12-07. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  17. ^ "Lightning's Carter Verhaeghe notches first postseason assist". Tampa Bay Times. 2020-08-15. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  18. ^ @thesoundtigers (September 29, 2020). "Carter Verhaeghe became the second former #SoundTigers player to hoist the Stanley Cup last night. Eric Godard was the first 2009" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ "Carter Verhaeghe not qualified by Lightning". CBS Sports. October 8, 2020. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  20. ^ "Panthers agree to terms with Carter Verhaeghe". Florida Panthers. October 10, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  21. ^ "2018-19 American Hockey League First and Second All-Star Teams Named". OurSports Central. April 11, 2019.
  22. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup in Pandemic Bubble". New York Times. September 28, 2020. Retrieved September 28, 2020.

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