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John Carlson
John Carlson
Defenseman  - WSH
Number: 74
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 10, 1990  (Age 25)
Birthplace: Natick, MA, United States
Drafted: WSH / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (27th overall) PROSPECT BIO
Recorded career highs in goals (12), assists (43) and points (55) ... Ranked tied for second
among NHL defensemen in primary assists (24), tied for fourth in assists (43), tied for fifth in
points (55) and tied for 11th in goals (12) ... Also ranked tied for second in the NHL among
US-born skaters in assists ... Played in his 82nd game of the season vs. NYR (4/11), marking
the fifth consecutive season he has appeared in all of Washington’s games ... Boasts the
second-longest consecutive games played streak in Capitals franchise history (376), trailing
Bob Carpenter (422) ... Scored goal vs. BOS (4/8) ... Tallied two assists at OTT (4/4) ... Earned
three assists at MTL (4/2), marking his third career three-point performance ... Scored a goal
vs. BOS (3/15), passing Ken Klee (44) for ninth on the Caps goals by defenseman list ... Earned
two points (1g, 1a) vs. PIT (2/25) ... Scored his first career SHG vs. WPG (2/19) ... Earned two
points (1g, 1a) at SJ (2/11) ... Scored a goal vs. ANA (2/6) ... Earned two assists vs. EDM (1/20)
... Scored a goal vs. DET (1/10) ... Tallied two assists at TOR (1/7) ... Earned two assists at
NYR (12/23) ... Earned two assists at NJ (12/20) ... Tied his career high with three points (2g,
1a) and recorded his first career multi-goal game vs. VAN (12/2) ... Tallied two assists at TOR
(11/29) ... Recorded two assists vs. CAR (11/8) ... Earned an assist vs. CGY (11/2), extending
his point streak to four games ... Scored a goal vs. ARI (11/2) ... Scored a PPG at EDM (10/22)
... Tallied two assists for the second consecutive game vs. SJ (10/14) ... Earned two assists at
BOS (10/11) ... Registered playoff career highs in assists (5) and points (6) in 14 playoff games
... Led Washington in blocked shots (41) and ranked third in shots (41) during the postseason ...
Led Capitals defensemen in assists and points ... Recorded an assist in Game 2 of the ECQF
vs. NYI (4/17) ... Earned an assist in Game 4 of the ECQF at NYI (4/21) ... Scored a goal in
Game 6 of the ECQF at NYI (4/25) ... Earned an assist in Game 7 of the ECQF vs. NYI (4/27)
... Earned an assist in Game 1 of the ECSF at NYR (4/30), extending his points streak to three
games ... Tallied an assist in Game 6 of the ECSF vs. NYR (5/10).
2013-14: Set career highs in goals (10) and power-play goals (5) in 2013-14 and tied his career
high in points (37) ... Played in all 82 games, marking the fourth consecutive season he
has played in all of Washington’s games ... Has played in 296 consecutive games, marking
the most consecutive games played by a Capitals defenseman in franchise history ... Led
the Capitals in blocked shots (177), time on ice per game (24:30) ... Ranked first among
Washington defensemen in goals (10) and ranked second in assists and points ... Ranked
fourth among NHL defensemen in shots (208), tied for ninth in power-play points (22) and tied
for 18th in goals ... Earned two assists, including his 100th NHL assist at STL (4/8) ... Played
in his 300th NHL game vs. PIT (3/10) ... Tallied two assists and logged a team-high 24:33 of
ice time at FLA (2/27) ... Played in his 272nd consecutive game, passing Calle Johansson
(271) for the most consecutive games played by a defenseman in Capitals franchise history
vs. WPG (2/6) ... Scored a PPG and earned an assist vs. DET (2/2) ... Registered two assists
in 31:22 of ice time at DET (1/31) ... Earned an assist, registered seven blocked shots and
logged a career-high 34:48 of ice time vs. TB (12/10) ... Led all skaters with 31:10 of ice time
vs. MTL (11/29) ... Scored a goal and led WSH in shots (7) and ice time (27:25) vs. OTT (11/27)
... Earned two assists vs. MTL (11/22) ... Scored his first goal of the season and his 100th NHL
point vs. FLA (11/2). 2012-13: 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.
Junior Career
2008-09: Played for Capitals legend Dale Hunter with the London Knights (OHL) … 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.
International Career
2014: Represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia ...
Scored a goal and added an assist in six games at the tournament ... Ranked tied for 11th
among defensemen at the Olympics in scoring. 2010: Won a gold medal with the U.S. in the
2010 World Junior Championship ... Named to the tournament all-star team ... Averaged a
point per game in seven games (4g-3a), third in scoring among tournament defensemen ...
Scored twice in the gold-medal game against Canada, including the overtime winner ... Led
American defensemen in scoring and was tied for third on the team at +8.
NHL Transactions
Selected by Washington in the first-round, 27th overall, in the 2008 NHL 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 … Favorite
hockey memory is winning the World Junior Championship ... Was the spokesman for the
Inova Blood Drive in July 2010 ... Lists his favorite TV show as Homeland and his favorite
movie as Sandlot ... His favorite actor is Adam Sandler.