SPORTS: Washington Capitals

#74 John Carlson - Defense

  • POSITION: Defense
  • HEIGHT: 6'3"
  • WEIGHT: 212
  • BIRTHPLACE: Natick, Massachusetts
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 01/10/90
  • AGE: 25

John Carlson BIO:


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. 


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 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 fi nishing 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.

International Career

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

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


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.

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