Lindsay Carson

Lindsay Carson was often knocked as being enigmatic. Despite some decent skills, he never managed to establish himself as more than a nice role player in his 6 1/2 seasons in the NHL.

The 6'2" 190lb native of Oxbow, Saskatchewan was an excellent skater, blessed with good speed. He was a good stickhandler and possessed a heavy shot. However Carson lacked the on ice vision and creativity to do much with the puck once his fine attributes allowed him to acquire it.

Defensively Carson was pretty good, but would often cheat just a bit hoping to use his speed to capitalize on a turnover. Physically Carson was inconsistent. He benefited from playing most of his career with the big and bad Philadphia Flyers of the 1980s. Often he'd give a guy an extra little shot or piece of the stick knowing that one of his brash teammates would bail him out.

Carson was drafted 56th overall in the 1979 Entry draft. After an impressive 4 year career in the WHL with Saskatoon and Billings and one season in the minor leagues, Carson made the Flyers team on a full time basis in 1982-83. However due to the Flyer's strong depth, he was quickly labeled as a role player on the Flyer's 3rd or 4th lines. Over the course of his career he would also see lots of time on the left wing.

Aside from an injury plagued 1983-84 season, he remained a big leaguer full time until 1988. Late in what proved to be his final NHL season (1987-88) Carson was traded to the Hartford Whalers for a similarly enigmatic player named Paul Lawless. Carson finished the season in Hartford and rounded out his professional career the following year with the Whalers AHL farm team.

Lindsay Carson played in 373 NHL games collecting 66 goals and 80 assists for 146 points. He added 524 PIM in that time as well. In 48 post season appearances, Carson chipped in 4 goals and 14 points plus 56 PIM.


Anonymous,  8:11 PM  

He may have been born in Oxbow but he lived and played here in North Battleford Saskatchew Canada

Anonymous,  6:54 PM  

One reason that explains any problems in Philadelphia was when they brought in Mike Keenan. This guy is the worst coach in hockey history. Lots of people thought he was the reason they won a cup in New York, when it was Messier and the heroics of Richter in net. Not coaching. He has failed every other place he's been. And failed miserably for the most part. St. Louis, Chicago, Calgary, Vancouver, Boston and Florida, ask those towns if they would like him back as coach, I think not. I have no idea how this guy keeps getting hired back.

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