LA Kings: Three most impressive players thus far in 2021 season

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Jeff Carter

Having celebrated his 36th birthday on New Year’s Day, skeptics will quickly suggest that Jeff Carter is past his prime. Of course, while he is a year older, the former Soo Greyhound can still be an integral factor in the success of a rebuilding LA Kings squad.

While his leadership qualities are impressive in themselves, it has been Carter’s hustle — as well as chemistry with a new linemate — that help No. 77 stand out for the silver-and-black so far.

After scoring his first goal of the season in the dying seconds of the first period on Thursday, Carter followed that up by adding three assists to his totals. While he may be 36, Carter has certainly had his moments where he looks more like 26.

It’s much too early to talk about scoring titles, but Jeff Carter nonetheless shares the team lead in points with four. We’ll see if Carter can continue this success, but it’s so far, so good for the two-time Stanley Cup winner.

A big reason for Carter’s success thus far, though, can certainly be credited to his aforementioned new linemate.