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Jeff Carter
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Jeff Carter

Kings, 2012

After an unproductive stint in Columbus, the 27-year-old forward was acquired by the Kings on Feb. 23 for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round pick in the 2013 draft. Being reunited with former Flyers teammate Mike Richards helped revive Carter's comfort level and his scoring touch -- he'd been a 46-goal man in Philadelphia -- and he potted 18 goals in 32 games down the stretch as the Kings rallied to grab the eighth seed in the West. In the playoffs, he proved to be a force (eight goals, 13 points in 20 games), scoring his first career postseason hat trick in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals vs. Phoenix plus the OT winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. New Jersey as well as the Cup-clincher in Game 6.

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