John Carlson D WAS 3 weeks ago

Carlson recorded a power-play assist on Alex Ovechkin's first-period goal in Thursday's Game 1 victory over the Rangers.

Since playing with the U.S. Olympic team during the Winter Olympics in Sochi last season, Carlson has raised his game and become one of the league's elite defensemen. Dating back to the second half of last season, Carlson has recorded an impressive 13 goals and 61 assists over his last 113 games, including the postseason. The 25-year-old is under contract for three more years at a $3.9 cap hit, making him an incredible bargain for the Capitals.

John Carlson D WAS 4 weeks ago

Carlson scored the Capitals only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders in Game 6 on Saturday night. It came on the power play.

He has three points in the six-game series and Monday's tilt will determine who moves on and who heads to the golf course. Carlson is coming off a massive year and will be part of the core group that hopes to send the Islanders packing.

John Carlson D WAS 1 month ago

Carlson finished plus-2 with an assist in Tuesday's Game 4, overtime win over the Islanders.

Mention Carlson's name in a hockey discussion and people will be thinking offense after the defender accumulated 55 points (12 goals, 43 assists) in the regular season. However, it's worth noting that Carlson had six blocked shots Tuesday, reminding fantasy players that he's a two-way player and defensively responsible. The Capitals will host the Islanders for Game 5 on Thursday.

John Carlson D WAS 2 months ago

Carlson tallied two assists in Saturday's overtime loss to the Senators. He has five assists in his last two games.

He's now among the league's leaders in scoring from the blue line (53 points). This team is now his and not Mike Green's, and that means his role will only continue to grow. Take advantage right now and remember him for 2015-16.

John Carlson D WAS 2 months ago

Carlson handed out three power-play assists and collected a minor penalty Thursday in a 5-4 shootout win over Montreal.

With the big evening, the blueliner hit 40 assists and surpassed 50 points for the first time. Carlson had been cold prior to Thursday, with just a single assist to show for his past seven games, so this was an important game for fantasy owners who have come to count on his contributions.

John Carlson D WAS 2 months ago

Carlson scored a power-play goal in Sunday's win over Boston.

The points continue to flow for Carlson, who is up to 11 goals and 47 points in 70 games. Sporting a plus-10 rating and recording 162 shots on goal, the 25-year-old is a two-way force on the Capitals blueline. Make sure he's in your lineup every game.

John Carlson D WAS 2 months ago

Carlson recorded his third assist in four games in Saturday's win over the Sabres.

With 46 points on the campaign, Carlson checks in at seventh in the league in defenseman scoring. The 25-year-old looks like he'll be a top-tier fantasy blueliner for several seasons to come.

John Carlson D WAS 3 months ago

Carlson potted a goal and picked up a power-play assist in Wednesday's loss to the Penguins.

Carlson may not finish as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, but he's sure to draw some consideration for his star turn this season. He's compiled three goals and two assists over his last five games to boost his point total to 43 for the season, ranking him seventh among all defensemen.

John Carlson D WAS 3 months ago

Carlson tallied a goal on three shot attempts in Thursday's win over the Jets.Carlson is one of the pace of last season's career-best goal total, and already has now hit the 40-point mark for the first time in his six NHL seasons. Four of his goals have come in the last seven games, during which he's put 15 shots on net. He's poised to finish near the top of the league in scoring from the blue line.

John Carlson D WAS 3 months ago

Carlson scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-4 OT win over the Sharks on Wednesday.The blueliner also skated to a plus-3 rating, bringing him up to an impressive plus-16 this year. Combined with his 38 points, 24 PIM and 127 SOG in 55 games from the back end, Carlson has easily been one of the top-15 or top-20 best rearguards in the NHL this season.