John Carlson Records 50-Assist Season For 4th Time In His NHL Career

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.

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

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to John Carlson Records 50-Assist Season For 4th Time In His NHL Career

  1. Anonymous says:

    If Carlson can maintain this level of play (an if for sure) Capitals can do some damage this season.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bravo Johnny!

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