|Assets:||Can be effective in a shutdown role, due to his mobility and instincts. Has the potential to be an explosive offensive player from the back end, and also possesses great size and aggressiveness. Shoots the puck very well.|
|Flaws:||In order to maximize his vast potential for the National Hockey League game, he must continue rounding out his play with the puck and improve his offensive decision-making. Also needs more overall consistency.|
|Career Potential:||Talented all-around defenseman with upside.|
|OHL||Second All-Star Team||2008-09|
|9/14/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a six-year contract extension.|
|6/15/2012||Washington Capitals tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/29/2010||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|4/09/2010||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|4/01/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/03/2010||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|2/14/2010||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|2/13/2010||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|1/22/2010||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|1/21/2010||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|1/18/2010||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|1/15/2010||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|11/24/2009||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|11/19/2009||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|9/22/2009||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|11/13/2008||Signed by the Washington Capitals to a three-year entry level contract.|
|9/28/2008||Returned to his junior team (London-OHL).|
|6/20/2008||Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (27th overall) in 2008.|
It is unclear how Capitals defenseman John Carlson fits in new head coach Barry Trotz's system with a healthy Mike Green and the addition of Matt Niskanen. | 10/04/2014 5:39 PM
NewsIt is unclear how Capitals defenseman John Carlson fits in new head coach Barry Trotz's system with a healthy Mike Green and the addition of Matt Niskanen.
ImpactAll three are offensive defenseman and will compete for playing-time on the power play. Carlson should, however, receive top-four defenseman minutes and play some on the secondary power-play unit. Carlson has far less risk than Green or Niskanen because Carlson has not missed a regular-season game since his rookie year.
Trotz wants consistency from his defenders | 05/31/2014 3:35 PM
NewsNew Washington coach Barry Trotz wants to see more consistency from his defensemen when he takes over the club.
Impact"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 picks up 2 points against SVK | 02/13/2014 5:19 PM
NewsJohn Carlson generated a goal and an assist in the United States' 7-1 win over Slovakia.
ImpactHe 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.
John Carlson sees over 30 minutes again | 02/02/2014 10:03 AM
NewsJohn Carlson has played over 30 minutes in each of the last two games.
ImpactCarlson 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.
John Carlson scores in WSH loss | 01/17/2014 9:50 PM
NewsJohn Carlson scored his eighth goal of the season in Washington's 5-1 loss in Columbus Friday night.
ImpactThe 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.
Coach thinks John Carlson deserves Olympics | 01/01/2014 9:23 AM
NewsCoach Adam Oates thinks that defenseman John Carlson deserves to make the United States Olympic team.
Impact"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.
John Carlson on ice for five goals against | 12/22/2013 8:46 AM
NewsJohn Carlson was on the ice for all five goals against Saturday.
ImpactFortunately 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.
John Carlson scores in loss to Senators | 11/27/2013 10:17 PM
NewsJohn 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.
ImpactWith 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.
John Carlson scored his first goal of 2013-14 | 11/03/2013 12:34 PM
NewsWashington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.
ImpactWith 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).
John Carlson thinks he can make Team USA | 08/26/2013 11:33 AM
NewsJohn Carlson believes he has what it takes to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics.
Impact"I have confidence in myself. I always have," said Carlson. "I've got to answer those questions about where I fit for myself, and I do think I'm good enough to make the team, but it's not up to me. I have a lot of work to do first. I need to have a good season, and also I've got to have a good season for the Cap." Team USA will open their orientation camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington today. Carlson is a good puck moving and he can skate, which are valuable skills on the bigger ice used for international play, so he'll be watched closely when the NHL season begins.
John Carlson thinks new system will help Caps | 04/30/2013 7:35 PM
NewsJohn Carlson feels the key to defeating the Rangers in first round of the postseason is to take what made the Capitals last year and blend it with their higher tempo style.
Impact"It plays to our strengths a little bit," Carlson said. "If we can take that commitment level that we had last year in that series into this one with our system and our skills, I think we're a really good team." Washington played in a defensive shell last year under Dale Hunter, but with coach Adam Oates they have been given more freedom to create offense and get in on the forecheck. Committing to blocking shots and being able to grind out wins will be important against a Rangers team that prides themselves in playing that kind of game.
John Carlson, Ribeiro score in loss to Isles | 03/26/2013 10:10 PM
NewsJohn Carlson tallied his fifth goal in Washington's 3-2 loss to the Islanders Tuesday night.
ImpactThe offensive-minded blueliner has produced a point in four straight games now to give him a total of 16 in 33 contests. Mike Ribeiro scored the Capitals' other marker in the match.
John Carlson scores lone goal in loss | 02/17/2013 10:23 PM
NewsJohn Carlson's second goal of the season was the only Washington marker in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers Sunday.
ImpactWith Mike Green out of the lineup with an injury, Carlson stepped up with a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal in just over 26 minutes of ice time. Look for the young blueliner to continue progressing as the season wears on.
Caps want defense corps to jump into rush | 01/16/2013 4:16 PM
NewsWashington assistant coach Calle Johansson wants his defensemen to jump into the rush and create opportunties offensively, which should benefit a players like John Carlson and Mike Green.
ImpactJohansson even wants the team's more defensive-minded blueliners, such as Jeff Schultz and John Erskine to get involved in the offense too. Carlson potted nine goals and added 23 assists in 82 games last season. With Dennis Wideman gone and Mike Green often struggling to stay healthy, Carlson could be in store for plenty of power-play time and opportunities to pick up points this year.
|Goals||0||5 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Oct 18||1|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Oct 14||2|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Oct 14||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||2 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Oct 16||4|
|Plus/Minus||1||2 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Oct 16||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||5 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Oct 18||1|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. SJ||Oct 14||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||5 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Oct 18||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||5 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Oct 18||1|
|Shots||4||2 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Oct 14||7|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2013-14 (Wsh)|
|Points||37||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Wsh)|
|Penalty Minutes||44||2010-11 (Wsh)|
|Power Play Goals||5||2013-14 (Wsh)|
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