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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
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John Carlson hasn't scored a goal yet during the Eastern Conference Final, but he has had plenty of chances.
Carlson has collected 23 shots in Washington's series against Tampa Bay, including a total of eight in Game 5. "I think we're making a lot of good plays, we're getting a lot of good chances," he said. "Just that one extra guy here and there is a big difference for a goalie. I think we got to bring that extra guy in to possibly be a rebound option, pass option, just make him think a little bit, make him guess a little bit." Carlson has contributed four assists versus the Lightning and he has compiled 15 points in 17 playoff matches. May 20 - 4:16 PM

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John Carlson chose a good time to have a strong season.

Carlson is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer once his six-year contract that carries a cap hit of just under $4 million expires. His career-high 68 points during the regular season led all defensemen in scoring and he is second among all blueliners in scoring during the playoffs with 14 points in 14 games. Carlson could be difficult for the Capitals to re-sign, but that's not an issue that's on their mind right now. Washington is two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
May 14 - 10:06 AM

John Carlson had a pair of assists and was instrumental in the Capitals 6-2 win in Game 2.

Carlson established a new team record by reaching 14 total points for this postseason. This is the most points in a single postseason by a Capitals defenseman, surpassing the previous record that Scott Stevens and Kevin Hatcher and Carlson held.
May 13 - 11:10 PM

John Carlson is second among all defenders in postseason scoring with 12 points in 13 games.

Carlson registered his second even-strength point of the playoffs in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay. The bulk of his production has come on the power play, where he has totaled 10 points.
Source: Mike Vogel
May 13 - 4:39 PM

John Carlson will be OK to play Monday night in Game 6 against Pittsburgh.

Carlson appeared to be hurt late in Saturday's contest after he was hit hard by Penguins forward Jake Guentzel. He was evaluated after the match and coach Barry Trotz said Sunday that Carlson is "fine."
May 6 - 2:43 PM

John Carlson could have a head injury after he was hit by the right shoulder of Jake Guentzel Saturday.

The hit occurred in the final minute of the game so Carlson did not return but he was checked out after the game without an update from the Washington medical staff. Carlson is the Capitals' best defenseman and he has been productive, with three goals and 11 points in 11 playoff games. He would be a big hole if he can't play in Game 6.
May 6 - 7:04 AM

John Carlson continued his impressive post-season play in Monday's 6-3 Game 6 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Carlson finished the game with just one assist but it was his ninth point of the playoffs so far and his league leading eighth on the power play. He's a huge reason why the Capitals were able to reverse a 2-0 series deficit and come away with four straight wins and the series. The 28-year-old blueliner will be hoping to continue his dominance in the next round when the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Apr 23 - 10:21 PM

John Carlson had an assist in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 4 Thursday night.

Carlson has recorded at least a point in every game of the first round series and is now up to eight points in four contests. He leads the playoff scoring race among defensemen.
Apr 20 - 5:35 AM

John Carlson scored a goal in the Capitals' 3-2 2OT win over Columbus in Game 3 on Tuesday.

Carlson has come up big in the first round with a goal and seven points in three games. That puts him in a tie for second place so far in the scoring race.
Apr 18 - 5:47 AM

John Carlson collected three assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series.

Carlson and his teammates appeared to have the Blue Jackets on the ropes with great pressure in the offensive zone in overtime. However, the Blue Jackets were eventually able to get the puck out of the zone and Artemi Panarin scored moments later to finish the contest. Carlson had a career year this season with 68 points in 82 games and he carried over that momentum in tonight's opening game of the series. His assists came on goals scored by Evgeny Kuznetsov (x2) and Devante Smith-Pelly.
Apr 12 - 11:08 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
4Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
7Travis Boyd
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Madison Bowey
8Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley