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Ryan Carter to undergo shoulder surgery

11 DEC 2014: Minneota Wild center Ryan Carter hustles after a puck in the corner during a NHL hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Photographer: Tommy LaPorte/Icon Sportswire
Tommy LaPorte/Icon Sportswire

The Minnesota Wild cut forward Ryan Carter who had played the previous two seasons with the club; however, was attending training camp on a PTO deal.

Carter, 33, has played ten seasons in the NHL; however, a shoulder injury may be bringing his playing career to an end.

The veteran forward has never been the super star forward but played pivotal depth roles. In 2012-13 he had a career high 15 points in 65 games played with the New Jersey Devils and has gone on the be a role player for the Minnesota Wild recently.

The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native was the hometown boy done well. His path to the NHL took him through the collegiate route, playing two seasons for Minnesota State University Mankato. He went undrafted but ended up going pro in 2006-07 with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL). He saw 76 games that season. A new high for someone that had previously played in the USHL and college.

In his first professional season he had 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points, enough to impress the Anaheim Ducks and suiting up for four NHL playoff games (and winning the Stanley Cup) before making his regular season NHL debut.

The 6’1” forward made his regular season NHL debut with the Ducks during the 2007-08 season playing in 34 regular seasons games and went on to play in 473 career NHL regular season contests up until this point.

Heading into shoulder surgery the American role playing forward has 41 goals and 52 assists for 93 career NHL points.

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