With the banner season that Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has had in 2019-20, it was a given that the 27th overall pick in 2008 would climb the franchise record books. During Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the 30-year old blueliner reached the top of the franchise record books, as he tied Calle Johansson for the franchise record for Points by a blueliner.
Carlson, who entered the game with 473 points (105 gols, 368 assists) in 748 games played in a Washington sweater, recorded an assist on Tom Wilson’s second period power play goal to reach Point No. 474 in his career, tying Johansson, who played 983 games over 15 seasons in Washington, for first among franchise defensemen.
Tommy gets us on the board! pic.twitter.com/5j1MwgI4nk
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 22, 2020
Carlson, who became the all-time assist leader among franchise blueliners by passing Johansson earlier this season, is now one point shy of becoming the franchise leader in scoring among defensemen, and nine goals (he currently has 105) from passing Johansson for the franchise record in Goals Scored among blueliners. Carlson is now tied for ninth all-time in franchise history in Points among all players. The assist also gives Carlson 71 points for the 2019-20 season, establishing a new career-high for the 2008 first-round pick
By Michael Fleetwood