John Carlson is on top of the league
- John Carlson recorded three points (1g, 2a) against the Toronto Maple leafs on Wednesday, giving him 14 points (3g, 11a) this season, which ranks third overall in the NHL and first among defensemen.
- With his three point outing, Carlson now has 417 career points, and he passed Sergei Gonchar (416) for the fourth most points by a Capitals defenseman in franchise history.
- Carlson is now 10 points shy of passing Kevin Hatcher (426) for the third most points in franchise history by a defenseman.
- Carlson is the third defenseman in NHL history to record five multi-point games through his first eight games.
- The other two are hall of famers Bobby Orr (seven games played: 1969-79, 1973-74 and eight games played: 1971-72) and Dennis Potvin (eight games in 1974-75 and 1978-79).
- With 14 points in the first eight games of the season, Carlson became the third player in franchise history to record at least 14 points in the team’s first eight games of the season (Alex Ovechkin: 2009-10, 9g, 7a; Alex Semin: 2008-09: 7g, 7a).
- Additionally, Carlson is just the seventh blueliner in NHL history to record at least 14 points through his team’s first eight games and first in 30 years.
- His 54.82 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five is eighth among defensemen with at least eight games played.
- Carlson is averaging 26:02 minutes per game, and he has led the Capitals in ice time in every game this season.
- Carlson is one of five defensemen in the NHL to lead his respective team in ice time in each game.
- Carlson is averaging 2:37 minutes more per game than his cumulative career average prior to this season.
- Additionally, Carlson is averaging the 10th-most power play ice time per game (4:26) in the NHL and ranks third among defensemen.
Sources & Credits: NHL, Washington Capitals
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