Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
John Carlson
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 01/10/1990
AGE: 25
DRAFTED: WSH: 2008-27 overall
USHL All-Rookie Team (2008) USHL Second All-Star Team (2008) OHL Second All-Star Team (2009) Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team (2009) AHL All-Rookie Team (2010) NHL All-Rookie Team (2011)
: Ranked T-3rd in NHL in blocked shots (123) ... Finished 2nd among WSH defensemen in points ... Recorded 2a on 4/16 vs. TOR ... Recorded an assist and 7 blocked shots on 4/9 at MTL ... Scored a goal on 4/7 vs. TB ... Scored a goal on 3/26 vs. NYI ... Tallied an assist on 3/24 at NYR ... Recorded an assist on 3/22 at WPG ... Collected an assist on 3/21 at WPG ... Registered an assist on 3/14 at CAR ... Tallied an assist on 3/9 at NYI ... Scored a goal and an assist on 3/7 vs. FLA ... Recorded a goal and an assist on 2/26 vs. CAR ... Led WSH in ice time (30:34) on 2/21 vs. NJ ... Scored a goal and led WSH in ice time (26:15) on 2/17 at NYR ... Played in 200th career NHL game and recorded an assist on 2/14 at TB ... Scored a goal, fired 4 shots and blocked 3 shots on 2/3 vs. PIT ... Tied team high with 5 blocked shots and recorded an assist on 2/1 vs. PHI ... Recorded team-high (tied) 6 blocked shots on 1/31 at TOR ... Registered 4 shots and 3 blocked shots on 1/29 at BUF ... Recorded an assist and team-high 4 blocked shots on 1/19 at TB ... Led the team with 22 blocked shots during playoffs … Ranked 2nd on the team in shots on goal
(21) and ice time per game (22:28) during the postseason.

2011-12: Led the team in blocked shots (153) ... 2nd among WSH defensemen in shots (152) and points (32) ... Set a career high in goals (9) ... Played in all 82 games for the second-consecutive season ... Scored a PPG on 4/7 at NYR ... Scored his 8th goal of the season on 2/22 at OTT ... Scored on 2/12 at NYR ... Scored a goal on 2/1 at FLA ... Named NHL’s “Third Star” of the week for week ending Dec. 11 (1g-6a in 3 games) ... Registered a career high 3 assists on 12/5 at FLA and tied a career-high with 8 shots on goal ... Had a 4-game point streak (2g-3a) from 11/19-25 ... Scored a goal and registered 4 shots on goal on 11/8 vs. DAL ... Added an assist and recorded a team-high 5 shots on 11/5 at NYI ... Scored first goal of the season on 11/4 at CAR ... Recorded an assist, 3 blocked shots and led the team in shots (6) on 10/29 at VAN; paced WSH in ice time (25:53) ... Led the team with 3 blocked shots on 10/20 at PHI ... First assist on 10/8 vs. CAR and registered 3 shots on goal ... Led WSH defensemen and t-5th on the team in postseason points ... T-1st among blueliners in goals and assists during playoffs ... Tied for team lead among defensemen in shots (27) ... 2nd on team in ice time per game (24:02) ... 4th on WSH in hits (30) and 1st in blocked shots (38) during the playoffs ... Scored a goal in Game 3 of ECSF vs. NYR on 5/2 ... Scored in Game 5 of ECSF at NYR on 5/7.

2010-11: Matched a Capitals single-season franchise record for most points by a rookie defenseman (37); He joins Robert Picard and Greg Theberge on that list ... Fourth on the team and third amongst NHL rookies in plus/minus at +21 ... Led the team in ice time 21 times, including the Winter Classic; led NHL rookies in ice time (22:38) per game ... Led the team and all NHL rookies in blocked shots (160) ... Had 22 of his 37 points at home (6g-16a) ... Fourth among NHL rookie defensemen in points (37), third in assists (30) and tied for fourth in goals (7) … Had a career-high four-game point streak from 10/9-19 (1g-5a) … Recorded six multiple-point games ... Second among rookies in the NHL in playoff ice time, skating 23:58 per game … During the playoffs was fourth on the team in blocked shots (17) ... Tied for the league lead in goals by a rookie defenseman during the postseason (2).

2009-10: Skated in 22 games for Washington and had six points (1g-5a) … Made NHL debut at the age of 19 against MTL (11/20), skating 17:24 … Youngest player to play for the Caps since Alexander Semin made his NHL debut on 10/14/03 at MTL … Had four points (1g-3a) in 10 road games … Recorded his first NHL point, an assist, at PIT (1/21) … Scored his first NHL goal on 3/25 at CAR … Had two points (1g-1a) in his last five games … Tied for fifth among NHL rookies with a +11 rating … Averaged 15:14 TOI … Had 29 hits and 32 blocked shots … Was +2 in three straight games from 1/15—1/21 … Had an assist in three straight games from 3/10—3/16 … Played a season-high 19:48 at FLA (3/16) … Played in 48 games for the Hershey Bears (AHL) and had 39 points (4g-35a) … Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team … Represented Hershey in the AHL All-Star Game … Fourth in the AHL, second among rookies, at +37 … Had two assists and was +4 at Binghamton (10/9) … Was +3 vs. Norfolk ( 11/13) and vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11/14) … Had four assists at Adirondack (11/27) and three assists vs. TOR (12/20) … Was +12 in January and scored in back-to-back games 1/23 vs. Manitoba and 1/29 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ... Rejoined Hershey after the Stanley Cup playoffs and posted seven points (2g-5a) in 13 games ... Had five points (2g-3a) in the last three games of the Calder Cup final (6/9—6/14), including the game-winning goal in Games 4 and 6 ... Was +7 in the playoffs, including +4 in the final series vs. Texas.

2008-09: Appeared in 16 playoff games for Hershey upon finishing his junior season with the London Knights (OHL) … Recorded two goals, one assist and was +3 as the Bears won the Calder Cup … Played for Capitals legend Dale Hunter in London … Collected numerous team awards with the Knights: team MVP, Booster Club Player of the Year, Best Defenseman, Rookie of the Year and Playoff Performer of the Year (co-winner) … Ranked second among OHL rookies and tied for second among defensemen with 76 points (16g-60a) … Finished first among OHL rookies and third overall with 60 assists … Played in the OHL All-Star Game … OHL coaches voted him as having the best shot and hardest shot (co-winner) in the league’s Western Conference … His nine PPGs tied for third among league defensemen … Registered 23 multiple-point games … Recorded two seven-game point streaks: 12/6—12/31, 4g-9a, and 11/5—11/22, 3g-6a … Posted four points in a game on two occasions: 12/14 vs. Sarnia and 3/1 vs. Kingston (both 1g-3a) … Led the Knights with 22 points (7g-15a) in 14 playoff games … Recorded a 10-game point streak, the second longest in the OHL playoffs, from 3/28—4/22 (7g-14a).

2007-08: Named to the USHL Second All-Star Team and the USHL All-Rookie Team … Ranked second among USHL defensemen in scoring with 43 points (12g-31a) … Played in the USHL All-Star Game, where he recorded an assist.

2006-07: Appeared in two games with Indiana in the USHL, recording six PIM.

NHL Transactions

Capitals’ first-round choice, 27th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft.

Twitter: @JohnCarlson74 ... Was born in Massachusetts but spent much of his childhood in NJ … Grew up a fan of Scott Stevens, the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins ... Also looked up to Sergei Fedorov … Favorite sports outside of hockey are golf and lacrosse … Enjoys watching Entourage ... Favorite hockey memory is winning the World Junior Championship ... Was the spokesman for the Inova Blood Drive in July 2010.