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John Carlson | Defenseman | #74

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS
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John Carlson tallied his first goal of the season Friday night.
It took him 26 games, but Carlson finally has a goal this year. He finished with four shots and found the back of the net during a third-period power play in a 4-1 win over Buffalo. Carlson has produced just 11 points in 2016-17. Dec 10 - 9:54 AM

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John Carlson has yet to score this season.

The offensive defenseman has played 23 games with nine assists thus far but is second on the Capitals in shots on goal with 57. He had eight goals and 39 points in only 56 games last season so his lack of production is a concern to his fantasy owners. "Carly is such a talent, and I think this one of the few times in Carly’s career, which is sort of good for Carly in fact, it’s not coming really easy for him," coach Barry Trotz said. "He got off to a slow start, a little bit nicked up through the World Cup and the start of our season, and now he’s playing catch-up. Now, maybe you’re not having the success that you’ve had in the past. I don’t want to say doubt creeps in, but you start to look for different ways to have success and different ways to do that. Sometimes, as I said, the doubt creeps in or you get frustrated. When you’re frustrated, it’s just not a good energy."
Dec 5 - 10:00 AM

John Carlson has five assists in 12 contests this season.

Carlson's season got off to a very sluggish start, but he enjoyed a three-game point streak from Nov. 1-5. He still has the potential to get 50-60 points this season, although that will start to look pretty unlikely if his point-per-game average remains roughly unchanged by the end of November.
Nov 10 - 11:33 AM

John Carlson scored a goal in a 5-2 loss to Canada on Saturday.

Carlson scored 38 seconds into the second period to pull the Americans to within one of Canada but that is as close as they got for the rest of the game. He finished the game with one goal, plus-1, with one shot on goal during the contest. His goal was assisted by Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Ryan McDonagh also scored during this contest.
Sep 10 - 10:22 PM

John Carlson says his injured ankle is fully healed.

Carlson broke his ankle last February, but says the injury isn't bothering him anymore. "I hurt it, took some time off, tried to come back, it felt good, and then it kind of deteriorated," Carlson said recently. "At that time, we just felt the only option was to get surgery and put some screws in it to basically bulletproof it, make sure that I was back in time for the playoffs and that we were not ever going to have an issue with it again. It’s perfect, has been the whole summer. It’s good."
Aug 26 - 9:12 AM

John Carlson hit the ice earlier than he normally does to prepare for the World Cup of Hockey.

"I probably started skating two-and-a-half weeks earlier, just because everything is a little bit earlier and it's a little bit crazier of a schedule," Carlson said following an informal skate. "In the NHL, you get a month long training camp. [With the World Cup], we're going to have seven or eight practices before we're playing a game that really means something." Players who are participating in the World Cup next month will have to get into gear a little earlier than usual.
Aug 13 - 11:24 AM

John Carlson returned to form in the postseason after recovering from a broken ankle.

He registered five goals and seven assists in 12 games, while averaging 26:54 of ice time. The injury ended his consecutive games played streak at 412 and it took him some time to get back to full health after he returned from a 12-game absence.
Jun 11 - 5:04 PM

John Carlson's lower-body injury during the regular season was a broken foot/ankle.

Carlson returned from the injury on March 25 after missing roughly a month. He wasn't quite 100% by the time the playoffs came, but he was close to it. He had eight goals and 39 points in 56 regular season contests and another five goals and 12 points in 12 playoff games.
May 12 - 11:02 AM

John Carlson logged 33:12 minutes of ice time in Washington's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

It was the most Carlson had played in a single contest since 2013. The Capitals needed to lean heavily on him because blueliner Karl Alzner was knocked out of the contest due to an injury. Carlson found the back of the net to extend his point streak to six games, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to prevent the Capitals from being eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
May 11 - 10:58 AM

Defenseman John Carlson scored his fourth goal of the postseason in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.

The Caps now trail the best-of-seven, second-round series 3-1 and face elimination in Game 5 Saturday night. Carlson's goal, at 16:19 of the second period, tied the game at 2-2. The game extended into overtime after a goalless third period. Jay Beagle opened the scoring with a bad-angle goal at 2:59 of the first period. It was his third goal of the postseason. Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin could not score despite firing a game-high seven shots on net.
May 4 - 11:40 PM

John Carlson is on a three-game point streak.

Carlson registered an assist in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. He has three goals and nine points in nine playoff games.
May 3 - 9:50 AM

John Carlson's rocket point shot on the power play stood as the game winner in Thursday night's Game 1 against Philadelphia.

The Capitals beat the Flyers 2-0, with Carlson's goal breaking the scoreless deadlock late in the second period. Carlson now has 20 points in 52 post-season games, and will be counted on as a major contributor if Washington is to make a deep run.
Apr 14 - 10:07 PM

John Carlson will be a healthy scratched for Sunday's season finale against the Ducks.

It was another sterling season for Washington's top defender, even if he missed a large chunk of time due to injury. Carlson posted eight goals and 39 points with 114 blocks across 56 games this season. He'll head into the playoffs having registered points in four of his last five games, totaling five helpers and six points over that span.
Apr 10 - 7:43 PM

John Carlson is riding a nice hot streak as the Capitals head towards their season finale.

Carlson picked up a goal and an assist, giving him eight goals and 39 points through 56 games this season. He's tallied points in four of his last five as well, totaling six points over that span.
Apr 10 - 1:36 AM

John Carlson added a pair of assists in the Capitals 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

When healthy, Carlson has been a steady defenseman this season, as he has seven goals and 37 points in 55 games played. In his last eight games, he has six points (one goal, five assists). With a healthy Carlson in the playoffs, it would be a key to the Capitals success for a long run.
Apr 8 - 10:54 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
5Jakub Vrana
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
8Aaron Ness
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer