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John Carlson | Defenseman

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 212
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John Carlson scored the lone Capitals goal on Saturday.
Carlson's power play effort was his first of the post-season. The 3-1 loss to the Islanders forces a Game 7 on Monday in Washington. "We know what we’re getting ourselves into," Carlson said. "We know they’re a team that forechecks hard. We know they skate and can move the puck and they’ve done that. We’ve got to do a better job slowing them down out of their zone and through the neutral zone. And we’ve got to bury our chances. I feel like we had a ton of them." Apr 26 - 9:05 AM

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John Carlson blasted his 11th goal of the season, opening the game's scoring mid way through the first period. The Capitals would go on to win 2-0.

Carlson's goal came with the man advantage, his third such tally of the season. He also contributed five blocks in over 21 minutes of work. He ranks third on the team in points with 47, with a dozen coming on the power play.
Mar 15 - 10:53 PM

John Carlson scored for the Capitals in their 3-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.

If the All-Star lineup didn’t need a representative from all 30 teams (and had five Blackhawks not made it, limiting the pool), Carlson could’ve easily found himself on the team. He’s easily been the Capitals’ best defensemen. He has five goals and 31 points this season. Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward got the other goals.
Jan 10 - 9:55 PM

John Carlson has been putting in extra work before the Capitals' practices lately.

Carlson has been working one-on-one with assistant coach Todd Reirden. It's seemed to pay off as Carlson has been more effective defensively over the last few weeks and remains one of the league's top defensemen offensively. He has four goals and 22 points in 30 games this season. "His growth has exponentially shown improvement," Reirden said. "I'm really happy with how his game's come along. He, by his choice, has made extra effort to work on different areas of his game. The work he's putting in with video now that he maybe hasn't done before, spending extra time with me and on his own doing that. I think his practice habits are quite different from going back to training camp. I think he's understanding the importance of trying to improve every day."
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:43:00 AM

John Carlson is on a three-game point streak.

Carlson had an assist in Washington's 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday. has four goals and 21 points in 28 contests in 2014-15.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:31:00 AM

John Carlson buried a pair of goals and added an assist Tuesday, but it wasn't enough for Washington to hold off the Canucks in a 4-3 defeat.

The Capitals blueliner has been fantastic this season with 18 points in 24 games, setting him up to easily surpass his career-best of 37. Brooks Laich also scored his first goal of the season for Washington in the loss.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:03:00 PM

John Carlson had an assist in a 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday.

Carlson has two goals and 12 points in 18 games in 2014-15. He'll have a tough time maintaining that point-per-game pace, but it wouldn't be shocking if he bests his career-high of 37 points.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 09:42:00 AM

John Carlson scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss on Wednesday.

Carlson has a goal and five points in six games in 2014-15. He recorded 37 points in 2013-14 and should put up similar numbers this season.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 09:48:00 AM

John Carlson has been impressed by coach Barry Trotz.

He got to speak with Trotz and Washington's new coaching staff over the summer and they are all back together this week as training camp approaches. "Very detailed from what I've heard, from the summer camp to what he wants to carry over and stuff like that," Carlson said of Trotz. "He's very good with that, very directional, very detailed. I think our team could use a lot of that." Carlson is also excited by off-season acquisitions Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, who are expected to add leadership and depth to Washington's back end. Their presence may take some pressure off of Carlson and ease his workload.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 03:06:00 PM

New Washington coach Barry Trotz wants to see more consistency from his defensemen when he takes over the club.

"We have to get some consistency on the back end, and when I say the back end, I mean our whole defensive five-on-five game," he said. "There's got to be a consistency factor on the back end. We've got some really good people in [John] Carlson and [Karl] Alzner and [Dmitry] Orlov. That group has to be a little more consistent, especially around the net, the small-area game." He wants to emphasize better puck management and making good decisions to get into the offensive zone. John Carlson was a workhorse for Adam Oates in 2013-14 and it will be interesting to see what new tricks he learns under Trotz.
Sat, May 31, 2014 03:35:00 PM

John Carlson generated a goal and an assist in the United States' 7-1 win over Slovakia.

He also finished with a plus-3 rating during his 13:17 of ice time. Carlson has 10 goals and 23 points in 59 games with Washington this season.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 05:19:00 PM

John Carlson has played over 30 minutes in each of the last two games.

Carlson has taken over the lion's share of ice time that usually was reserved for the injured Mike Green. Carlson has now played over 30 minutes four times this season. He has nine goals and 21 points in 55 games with a goal and four points in his last four games.
Sun, Feb 2, 2014 10:03:00 AM

John Carlson scored his eighth goal of the season in Washington’s 5-1 loss in Columbus Friday night.

The 24 year-old has 17 points in 48 games this season, which is slightly disappointing compared to last year’s numbers. Carlson had 22 points through 48 games in 2013, and boasted a +11 rating instead of the -2 he holds this year.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 09:50:00 PM

Coach Adam Oates thinks that defenseman John Carlson deserves to make the United States Olympic team.

"To me, that's an easy answer," Oates said. "He should be on it because he's one of the best defensemen in the league." Carlson is second in the NHL with seven goals among defensemen and he is seeing first power play time as he has taken over from Mike Green. The American team will be announced after the Winter Classic today so stay tuned.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 09:23:00 AM

John Carlson was on the ice for all five goals against Saturday.

Fortunately for his plus/minus, two were on the power play and he was on the ice for one Washington goal at even strength so he ended the night at minus-two. Carlson has seven goals and seven assists this season with a minus-one rating. Keep him in your lineup as he is a good 3-4 defenseman in deeper leagues.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:46:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Andre Burakovsky
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Jason Chimera
4Brooks Laich
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Jay Beagle
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Justin Peters