Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is one of several Capitals heating up at just the right time of the season, recording three goals and six assists in his last four games. Carlson recorded his 50th assist of the 2021-22 season Tuesday night against the Flyers on T.J. Oshie’s goal at 11:54 of the first period.
It’s the 4th time Carlson has reached the 50-assist mark for a season. He becomes just the 17th defenseman in NHL history with four 50-assist seasons in his career.
John Carlson hit the 50-assist mark for the fourth time in his NHL career.
His four 50-assist seasons are tops among @Capitals defensemen and trail only Nicklas Backstrom (9x) for the most by any skater in franchise history. #NHLStats: https://t.co/vJlw3iC5CI pic.twitter.com/2JZD09JzqD
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 12, 2022
Carlson’s four 50-assist seasons are tops among Capitals defensemen and trails only Nicklas Backstrom (9x) for the most by any skater in Capitals franchise history.
Carlson’s high-water mark for assists came during the 2019-20 season when he recorded 60 assists. He notched 57 assists the previous season and 53 assists during the Capitals Stanley Cup season in 2017-18.
The milestone comes during a particularly hot stretch for Carlson. On Monday he was named the NHL’s second star of the week.
By Jon Sorensen
If Carlson can maintain this level of play (an if for sure) Capitals can do some damage this season.