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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 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

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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

John Carlson netted his sixth goal of the season Wednesday, but it wasn't enough for the Capitals, who dropped a 6-4 decision to Ottawa.

With four points in his last five contests, Carlson is enjoying a hot stretch of late. Brooks Laich, Marcus Johansson and Eric Fehr all scored goals for the Caps in the losing effort.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:17:00 PM

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.

With three points in 14 games, he's nowhere near the point-scoring pace he's been on the last few seasons, which included 32+ point campaigns. On the bright side, Carlson is solid in peripheral stats, particularly blocked shots (including three last night).
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 12:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Curtis Glencross
2Alex Ovechkin
3Marcus Johansson
4Joel Ward
5Jason Chimera
RW1Troy Brouwer
2Andre Burakovsky
3Jay Beagle
4Eric Fehr
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Tim Gleason
7Dmitry Orlov
8John Erskine
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters