The Sabres acquired William Carrier on Friday. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres prospect William Carrier possesses size and skill

BUFFALO – Goalie Jaroslav Halak and winger Chris Stewart, the established NHL players the Sabres received in Friday’s blockbuster Ryan Miller-Steve Ott trade with the St. Louis Blues, are relatively well known.

Halak has played 260 games and backstopped Montreal to the 2010 Eastern Conference final. Stewart has 115 goals, including a 28-score season in 2010-11.

But what about 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward William Carrier, the 19-year-old prospect the Sabres also received? The Blues selected him 57th overall in June.

“He was a first-round touted kid that missed half the season with an ankle injury,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. “He’s got size. He’s got skill. He’s got stuff that we have to help him with.

“That’s another part of it is we’re really going to try to buckle down here with our development program and help young guys get better. He’s just that. He’s a prospect.”

Carrier has 17 goals and 56 points in 60 games this season split between Cape Breton and Drummondville in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He had 16 goals and 42 points in 32 games last season and 27 goals and 70 points in 66 contests in 2011-12.

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