Matt Carkner
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 11/03/1980
DRAFTED: MTL: 1999-58 overall
Signed by the Islanders as a free agent to a three-year deal on July 1, 2012.


Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (58th overall) of the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks on June 6, 2001. Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 23, 2006. Signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators on July 3, 2007.

Recorded three assists in 53 games during his second season with the Islanders and his fifth full NHL campaign...Led the Islanders and finished eighth in the NHL with 149 penalty minutes, including nine majors...Tied for fifth in the NHL with five misconducts...Appeared in his 200th NHL game on Nov. 19 at Toronto...Recorded a single-game career-high 23 penalty minutes on Apr. 6 at Columbus.

2012-13: Appeared in 22 games during his first season with the Islanders, recording two assists...Finished second on the team in penalty minutes (46), including four majors...Suffered a groin injury in practice on Feb. 6 and was placed on injured reserve until Mar. 21, missing 20 games.  2011-12: Was limited to 29 games during his third full NHL season with the Ottawa Senators, scoring three points (1g/2a) with 33 penalty minutes...Missed the first 29 games of the season with a knee injury...Played an American Hockey League conditioning stint with the Binghamton Senators, appearing in three games from Dec. 3-7 (0g/1a)...Made his NHL season debut on Dec. 10 vs. Vancouver...Finished with an even rating for the third-straight season.  2010-11: Scored seven points (1g/6a) in 50 games with Ottawa during his second full season in the NHL...Finished second on the Senators and 19th in the NHL with 136 penalty minutes...Appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 13 at Boston...Reached 300 career penalty minutes on Jan. 18 vs. Anaheim...Recorded his first career multi-assist game on Jan. 13 at NY Islanders...Missed the final 20 games of the season with a lower-body injury.  2009-10: Played in 81 games with Ottawa during his first full NHL season, establishing career highs in goals (2), assists (9), points (11) and penalty minutes (190)...Ranked first amongst Senators and tied for fifth in the NHL in penalty minutes...Scored his first NHL goal and second career assist (first multi-point game) on Oct. 8 vs NY Islanders...Missed one game to injury on Mar. 18 at Atlanta.  2008-09: Scored 21 points (3g/18a) in 67 games with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League during his eighth professional season...Also appeared in one NHL game with Ottawa against Boston on Jan. 7...Finished second on Binghamton in penalty minutes (210)...Had two multi-point games, including a three-assist effort vs. Syracuse on Dec. 26...Scored the game-winning goal vs. Rochester on Jan. 14.  2007-08: Scored 25 points (10g/15a) in 67 games during his first season with Binghamton...Finished second on the team in penalty minutes (218)...Tied his career-high in goals...Suffered an injury during Ottawa’s training camp and missed the first eight games of the season...Had five two-point games.  2006-07: Established AHL career highs in games played (75) and assists (24) during his first season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and sixth in the AHL...Tied his career high in points (30)...Won the AHL’s Yanick Dupré Memorial Award for outstanding humanitarian contribution...Appeared in eight Calder Cup Playoff games, scoring one goal.  2005-06: Made his NHL debut, appearing in one game with the San Jose Sharks and recording his first NHL assist vs. Calgary on Feb. 6...Also appeared in 69 AHL games with the Cleveland Barons, scoring a career-best 30 points (10g/20a)...Finished second on Cleveland with 202 penalty minutes.  2004-05: Recorded 10 assists in 73 games during his fourth professional season with Cleveland...Served as team captain...Selected as Barons American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year for the second consecutive year...Finished the season as the franchise leader in games played (246) and penalty minutes (746).  2003-04: Scored 13 points (2g/11a) in 60 games during his third professional season with Cleveland...Led Cleveland in plus-minus (+18) and ranked third on the team in penalty minutes (115)...Made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut, recording three assists in nine games.  2002-03: Missed most of his second professional season with a knee injury, appearing in just 39 contests with Cleveland...Scored one goal and four assists with 104 penalty minutes.  2001-02: Made his professional debut with Cleveland, posting three assists in 74 games as a rookie...Finished second amongst team defensemen in games played...Led the club and placed fifth in the AHL with 335 penalty minutes.

2013: Recorded one assist in four games during the Islanders’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.  2012: Appeared in four Eastern Conference Quarterfinal games for Ottawa against the NY Rangers...Recorded one assist and 21 penalty minutes as Ottawa lost the series in seven games...Received a one-game suspension for fighting an unwilling combatant (Brian Boyle) in Game 2 on Apr. 14.  2010: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with Ottawa in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh...Scored one goal with 12 penalty minutes in six games as Ottawa lost the series in six games...Scored the game-winning goal in the longest playoff game in Senators history (107:06) on Apr. 22 at Pittsburgh.

2000-01: Scored 16 points (8g/8a) in 53 games during his fourth and final junior season with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League...Appeared in a career-high seven OHL Playoff games, collecting three assists. 1999-00: Finished first on Peterborough in penalty minutes (177) during his third OHL season...Served as team captain...Recorded one assist in five playoff games. 1998-99: Scored a junior career-high 18 points (2g/16a) in 60 games during his second season with Peterborough...Named the OHL Eastern Conference’s most improved player...Led his team in penalty minutes with 173...Added 20 penalty minutes in five playoff games. 1997-98: Played in 57 games as an OHL rookie with Peterborough, recording six assists and 121 penalty minutes...Also made his OHL playoff debut, appearing in four games.