Top of the Blueline Totem Pole: John Carlson Becomes Franchise Points Leader Among Defensemen, Passes Calle Johansson


Just a day after tying Capitals defensive great Calle Johansson for the franchise Points record among defensemen, current Capitals defenseman John Carlson took sole possession of first all-time in Washington Capitals’ history in scoring among blueliners with an assist against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon.

Carlson, who entered the game with 105 goals and 369 assists in 749 games played in a Washington sweater, recorded an assist on a goal by Carl Hagelin at the 4:41 mark of the third period against Pittsburgh at Capital One Arena, also a day after Alex Ovechkin reached the 700-goal plateau.

Carlson, who was drafted with the 27th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is in the midst of a banner season, in which he has now recorded 72 points in 62 games played in 2019-20, and is considered the front-runner for the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman. Carlson is nine goals shy of passing Johansson for the most Goals Scored in franchise history by a defenseman, after passing the longtime Caps blueliner for the franchise lead in assists earlier this season.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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