On what has been a quiet deadline day thus far with just two trades, the Flames made a depth move, acquiring defenceman Brett Carson by claiming him on waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. Carson is a Calgary Hitmen Alum drafted by the 'Canes in the fourth round of the 2004 entry draft. He has two goals and 12 points and is +9 in parts of three seasons with Carolina, and will most likely be headed to AHL Abbotsford after the Heat recently assigned defenceman Josh Meyers to the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies.
Talent Analysis from Hockey's Future:
Although Carson won the fastest lap at the 2004 Top Prospects game, and does have a long, powerful stride, Carson’s straight away speed is mediocre at best, instead deriving most of his forward momentum on his crossovers. Brett’s massive legs allow him to dig hard into the ice, thus generating both power and speed.
Offensively, Carson has some potential, but isn’t likely to develop into a premier offensive defenseman. Running the power play for Calgary wasn’t something that Carson did with regularity, but he still managed to collect his fair share of points. Usually limited to the second power play unit, Carson managed to tally 32 points in 71 games for the Hitmen.
In his own end, Carson is firm, but not spectacular. His positioning is sound, as is his physical presence down low. The best word to describe Carson’s physical play and defensive play in general is solid. Also, Carson is able to handle the puck well under forechecking pressure, and very rarely makes a bad outlet pass.
This is likely a depth move and nothing more. If Feaster is still looking for a 6/7 defenceman to replace Adam Pardy and/or Steve Staios, Carson is probably not that player. If he was, a call-up from the Heat likely would have sufficed.