After reaching the 20 goal mark this past weekend, Los Angeles King Jeff Carter is poised to join a very exclusive club if he continues his low rate of collecting assists. To go with his 20 goals, Carter has chipped in a paltry 4 helpers. Not since the 1930's has a player scored 20 goals and finished a season with less 5 assists or less.
In 1936/37 Melville "Butch" Keeling of the New York Rangers scored 22 goals and 4 assists in 48 games. Going back to the dawn of the NHL in 1917 this has only happened on seventeen occaisons. If however, Carter does manage to gain 2 more assists in the last month he will still be doing something not done since 1976/77. That season, Washington Capital Wayne Bianchin played 78 games scoring 28 goals and only 6 assists.