Carter Verhaeghe never wore an Islanders sweater, but he played two seasons in the Isles minor league system for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It wasn't until Verhaeghe moved on from the Islanders and signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning that he really began to develop his game with the Syracuse Crunch.
Now playing for the Florida Panthers, Verhaeghe has established himself as a difference-maker in Florida's lineup. In six games, Verhaeghe propelled the Panthers past the Capitals scoring six goals in six games, totaling a whopping 12 points. Verhaeghe is shooting a ridiculous 40% heading into the second round of the playoffs where he and the Panthers will take on the Lightning.
The 26-year-old winger sealed the game for the Panthers in overtime twice, once in Game 4 and again in Game 6, clinching the series against the Capitals. Believe it or not, his best game was one that was decided in regulation. His first-ever five-point performance (two goals, three assists) in Game 5 helped the Panthers rally back from a 3-0 deficit, eventually winning the game 5-3 and factoring in on every single one of the Panthers' goals. Vergaeghe's second goal of the game proved to be the game-winner, totaling three game-winning goals in the first round for the Toronto, Ontario native.