Charlie Curnow had only kicked 11 goals this year before his seven-goal haul against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.
The Blues key forward took seven marks, five inside 50 and had nine score involvements in the three-point loss to the Bulldogs.
David King believes Carlton has changed the way it uses the 22-year-old under interim coach David Teague.
“Let’s cut to the chase. If you want to know why Brendon Bolton isn’t there anymore, then your answer was evident on Saturday night,” he told SEN’s Whateley.
“Brendon Bolton never maximised Carlton’s number one, two or three asset in Charlie Curnow.
“If you have a look at the rest of the season under Bolton, he was targeted five times on average inside the forward 50 per game which is clearly not enough.
“The last two weeks – seven and nine targets inside 50.
“He took five marks inside 50 on the weekend. In the eight games under Bolton, he’d taken six marks inside the forward 50 in total.
“Something wasn’t right and we kept highlighting that it was being kicked inside 50 to Michael Gibbons and these sorts of players.
“The energy he brought with him is significant. When your big key playmakers take control of the game, things flow. It’s a momentum driver.”
The Dogs broke out to a 30-plus point lead in both the second and fourth quarters, with Carlton reeling them back in twice.
They fell short in the end, but King believes the freed-up Blues are heading in the right direction.
“It was a fascinating day. I think Carlton fans are saying, okay, we’ve got a lot to work with here. Bring on next season. I know they’ve had to ride a lot of pain over the last few years, but they would be genuinely excited about 2020,” he said.