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Red-Light District: Matt Carle wants your attention

Scott Pianowski
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You should pick up Matt Carle(notes) for your fantasy hockey team tonight, immediately, right now. I assume that's enough for you, my word, but if you need more coaxing, read on, skeptic. I'll give you a handful of reasons.

Carle picked up four assists as the Flyers got past Washington Tuesday, with two of the helpers coming on the power play. He's getting first-run time on the man advantage and the Flyers have impressive personnel around him; that's an excellent setup for anyone.

The blueliner was off to a snappy start before this outing, with a goal and an assist through two games. Skating with Chris Pronger(notes) can only help, and Matt Romig promoted Carle in the NHL Skinny Monday. Breakout games like that tend to get noticed, which is why we're rushing this news to you while there's still time to act.

Carle's always had a pedigree of note; he won the Hobey Baker Award at the University of Denver in 2006 (53 points in 39 games) and he collected 42 points in his first full season in San Jose, where he was tabbed as a future star. Okay, it's been a little rocky since then and Carle has bounced around plenty, getting traded twice in his young career (he had a modest 26 points in 76 games last year). All that means is that we get a post-hype buying opportunity now, at age 25.

The best fantasy hockey pickups tend to come early in the season, while everyone is still figuring out the texture of the new campaign. Now is the time to be aggressive, hammer away at NHL.com, take full advantage of the Center Ice free preview. There are plenty of unrecognized gems to get your hands on.

And it's very possible Matt Carle is one of those guys, one of those undrafted surprises that makes a difference. Make the point, make the click, and let's see if this is a story with legs. If you have buyer's remorse next week, no worries, we'll swap him out for a different warm body. But there's certainly an upside here and this could turn into a story that lasts all season.

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