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John Carlson | Defenseman | #74

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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John Carlson picked up a pair of assists Saturday.
The defenseman is having a comeback season with 20 points in 27 games after a down season for him in 2016-17 when he had 37 points in 72 games. He should get 55-60 points this season with the Capitals if he can remain healthy and that should be good enough to be a top-five scoring defenseman in the NHL. Dec 3 - 9:19 AM

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John Carlson notched a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Carlson opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 14:09 mark of the first period. He also had his point-shot tipped home on the man-advantage by forward T.J. Oshie to give the Caps a 2-1 lead at the time. Carlson finished the game with a plus-1 rating and two shots on goal in 28:43 of ice time. He has two goals and 13 points in 17 games this season.
Nov 10 - 10:39 PM

John Carlson scored the game-winning goal in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Carlson ended the overtime period with 46 remaining. T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up the assists on Carlson's first goal of the year. The Caps defenseman also registered a helper on Alex Ovechkin's game-tying goal (scored on the power play) in the third frame. Carlson finished the game with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and one hit in 27:41 of ice time. He has 11 points in 15 games this season.
Nov 6 - 10:57 PM

John Carlson will indeed return to action in Game 1 against Toronto on Thursday.

He'll pair back with Karl Alzner as well. Carlson posted nine goals and 37 points in 72 games this season.
Apr 13 - 6:42 PM

Barring a last minute setback, John Carlson (lower body) will take part in the pregame warmups on Thursday.

It remains to be seen if Carlson will play in Game 1, but presumably if he's out for the warmups then there's a good chance he'll be available. He had nine goals and 37 points in 72 regular season contests.
Apr 13 - 10:50 AM

John Carlson (lower body) appears to be likely to return on Thursday.

Carlson was back with Karl Alzner during Wednesday's skate and he occupied his normal spot on the Capitals' second power-play unit. "It's just a process, I'm part of the decision but I'm not the decision-maker," Carlson said. "I'm just doing everything I possibly can to get better, get stronger, and yeah, I feel good."
Apr 12 - 3:13 PM

John Carlson (lower body) practiced Tuesday and seems probable for Game 1 versus Toronto on Thursday night.

He participated in all drills, but was paired with regular scratch Taylor Chorney during the session. "At this point it doesn't really matter," Carlson said. "I'm just taking it day by day and getting better." Coach Barry Trotz said that the defenseman will "probably be a go" for the playoff opener.
Apr 11 - 3:12 PM

John Carlson (lower body) won't play Sunday against Florida.

His regular season closes with nine goals and 37 points along with 127 blocks in 72 games. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 9 - 5:29 PM

John Carlson (lower body) may play in Sunday's finale with the Panthers.

We'd hedge our bets that the Capitals err on the side of caution and rest him, but coach Barry Trotz may find it better to make sure his talented defender gets a game in before the playoffs begin. Stay tuned.
Apr 8 - 2:40 PM

John Carlson (lower body) won't travel with the Capitals to Boston for Saturday's game.

That will be Carlson's third straight game on the sidelines. He might return for the season finale on Sunday, but the Capitals will err on the side of caution and let him rest if they have any doubts about his injury at that point.
Apr 7 - 12:57 PM

John Carlson (lower body) isn't on the ice for Friday's practice.

It remains to be seen if Carlson will play on Saturday or Sunday. He's missed the Capitals' last two games.
Apr 7 - 11:25 AM

John Carlson (lower body) won't play Wednesday night.

He was a late scratch Tuesday due to a lower-body injury and he won't play against the Rangers due to the ailment. Washington is being cautious with Carlson and coach Barry Trotz listed the defenseman as "hour-to-hour."
Apr 5 - 5:59 PM

John Carlson (lower body) won't play against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Carlson is considered day-to-day at this point. Nate Schmidt will take his spot in the lineup. Paul Carey and Taylor Chorney will serve as healthy scratches.
Apr 4 - 7:36 PM

John Carlson scored in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Carlson's power play goal cut his team's deficit to 3-1 at the 12:10 mark of the second frame, but the Capitals were unable to complete the comeback. Washington's losing streak has now hit four games.
Mar 13 - 8:57 AM

John Carlson (lower body) will get back in the lineup Tuesday versus the Islanders.

He was expected to return after he practiced Monday and he felt ready to play after Tuesday's session. Carlson has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury.
Jan 31 - 1:33 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Taylor Chorney
6Christian Djoos
7Madison Bowey
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer