Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Carlson
John Carlson was born on January 1, 1990 in Natick, Massachusetts and played his junior hockey for the Indiana Ice of the USHL before joining the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2008-09 season.

Carlson was part of the gold medal-winning American team at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of the gold medal game against Canada.

Carlson was selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals and made his NHL debut for the club on November 21, 2009 against the Montreal Canadiens. He would go on to split time during his first professional season between Washington and their AHL affiliate in Hershey.

By the 2010-11 season Carlson would emerge as a reliable offensive defenceman. He would go on to record back-to-back seasons of 30 or more points. In 2014, Carlson was named to the American Olympic team and would help his homeland to a fourth place finish.

During the 2014-15 season, Carlson broke out offensively and established new career-highs with 12 goals and 43 assists in 82 games. His 55 points were the sixth highest total among all NHL defenceman. Carlson's progression would continue. In 2017-18 he led all defenceman in scoring with 68 points. He would continue his strong play into the playoffs, recording 20 points in 24 post-season games, helping lead the Capitals to the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2005-06 New Jersey Rockets AtJHL 38 2 10 12 42
2006-07 New Jersey Rockets AtJHL 44 12 38 50 96
2006-07 Indiana Ice USHL 2 0 0 0 6 -2
2007-08 Indiana Ice USHL 59 12 31 43 72 +11 4 1 0 1 0
2008-09 London Knights OHL 59 16 60 76 65 +23 14 7 15 22 16
2008-09 Hershey Bears AHL 16 2 1 3 0
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 22 1 5 6 8 +11 7 1 3 4 0
2009-10 Hershey Bears AHL 48 4 35 39 26 +37 13 2 4 6 8
2009-10 United States WJC-A 7 4 3 7 2 +8
2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL 82 7 30 37 44 +21 9 2 1 3 4
2011-12 Washington Capitals NHL 82 9 23 32 22 -15 14 2 3 5 8
2012-13 Washington Capitals NHL 48 6 16 22 18 +11 7 0 1 1 4
2013-14 Washington Capitals NHL 82 10 27 37 22 -3
2013-14 United States Olympics 6 1 1 2 0 +1
2014-15 Washington Capitals NHL 82 12 43 55 28 +11 14 1 5 6 4
2015-16 Washington Capitals NHL 56 8 31 39 14 +16 12 5 7 12 4
2016-17 Washington Capitals NHL 72 9 28 37 10 +7 13 2 2 4 4
NHL Totals 526 62 203 265 166 76 13 22 35 28


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)
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