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John Carlson | Defenseman | #74

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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John Carlson had the game-winning goal Tuesday.
Carlson also chipped in with an assist and kept pace with John Klingberg who had two assists as both are tied for the league-lead among defensemen with 61 points. Carlson is having an outstanding season after only picking up nine goals and 37 points in 72 games last season. He is a must-start. Mar 21 - 10:27 AM

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John Carlson is on a three-game point streak.

Carlson found the back of the net in Washington's 7-3 win against the Islanders on Thursday. That gives him 13 goals and 56 points in 70 contests this season. He ranks second in the defensemen scoring race behind only John Klingberg.
Mar 16 - 5:24 AM

John Carlson had one goal and one assist in a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Monday.

Carlson recorded his 11th goal and 36th assist during the second period to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead. He ranks third among NHL rearguards in scoring with 47 points in 59 games. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov (empty net) had the other goals in Washington's victory.
Feb 19 - 5:53 PM

The Washington Capitals have begun contract negotiations with John Carlson.

Carlson can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but the Capitals would love to ink him to a long-term deal before then and not worry about having a number one defenseman. He has goals in each of his last two games and has nine markers and 42 points in 54 games, making him one of the bets offensive defensemen in the NHL.
Feb 11 - 9:49 AM

John Carlson extended his point streak to four games.

Carlson recorded two assists in Washington's 5-3 win against Philadelphia on Wednesday. He also reached the 40-point milestone on Wednesday for the second time in his career.
Feb 1 - 6:32 AM

John Carlson scored a power play goal in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Carlson's perfect blast from the point tied the game at one in the second period. The Capitals defender finished the night with a minus-1 rating, eight shots on goal and a blocked shot in 29:11 of ice time. Carlson now has accumulated nine points in his last nine contests. He's up to six goals and 36 points in 47 games. He'll continue to be a strong fantasy option in all fantasy formats. Lars Eller also found the back of the net for the Capitals on Friday night.
Jan 19 - 10:18 PM

The Washington Capitals will not be able to deal pending UFA John Carlson at the trade deadline.

Well, most likely not anyway as Carlson is second among defensemen with 35 points and is fifth in TOI at 26:09. The Capitals are in the mix as Stanley Cup contenders and there is no way they can deal Carlson if they hope to finally win it all. The Blues did that last season with Kevin Shattenkirk and you have to wonder if they would have been able to win their second round matchup against Nashville as they only scored five goals in their last four games, falling 4-2 to the Predators. Carlson is a must play at all times.
Jan 14 - 9:58 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz is "supremely disappointed" that John Carlson wasn't selected for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

Carlson has excelled this season with 34 points in 43 games while averaging a staggering 26:17 minutes per contest. "I know he's been one of the best defensemen," Trotz said. "I know how much he's meant to us as a group and especially with Nisky out early in the year and how many minutes he's had to play, playing with pure rookies on the back end and helping them along. I just think he should have been there." Teammate Brooks Orpik was disappointed with Carlson being snubbed too, though he added that selfishly he is happy that Carlson will get some rest given how much the Capitals have leaned on him this season.
Jan 11 - 2:04 PM

John Carlson is one of the more noteworthy snubs for the 2018 All-Star Game.

Carlson has excelled offensively with five goals and 34 points in 43 games this season. On top of that though, he's assumed a huge role with the Capitals as he's averaged 26:17 minutes per game. Only three blueliners in the league have been getting more ice time per contest than Carlson. The silver lining is that at least the All-Star Game snub will afford Carlson a well deserved breather.
Jan 11 - 9:21 AM

John Carlson found the back of the net in Washington's 3-1 win over Vancouver Tuesday night.

Carlson has recorded at least a point in four of his last five contests. He's up to five goals and 34 points in 43 games this season. He ranks second in the blueliner scoring race.
Jan 10 - 7:33 AM

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.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 09:19:00 AM

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.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 10:39:00 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.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 10:57:00 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.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 06:42:00 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.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 10:50:00 AM

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
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley