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John Carlson Continues To Collect Points

from Terrence Doyle and Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight,

It is not typical for an NHL defenseman — or any athlete, for that matter — to drastically improve at the age of 30. While defensemen tend to peak later and play at a level that more closely resembles their prime deeper into their 30s than other NHL skaters, the fourth decade of a hockey player’s life usually corresponds with the end of their playing days.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is proving that this season: The D.C. blueliner, who turns 30 on Jan. 10, is having one of the best offensive seasons for a defenseman in NHL history, particularly after adjusting for leaguewide scoring levels. He’s also having one of the most valuable D-man campaigns in NHL history if we account for the rest of his stats. Basically, by any metric, Carlson is making history. And even more amazingly, he’s doing so as a relatively old guy.

With 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists), Carlson currently leads the Washington Capitals in scoring — 12 points clear of left wing Alex Ovechkin, himself one of history’s greatest scorers. Carlson’s 1.21 points per game is tracking to be the first season above the 1.2 threshold by a defenseman in 25 years. At this pace, he would notch 99 points by season’s end, which would be the most by a D-man since Brian Leetch had 102 points in the 1991-92 season.

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The Case For John Carlson Winning The Hart Memorial Trophy

from Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post,

... That start includes a 21-4-5 record with an NHL-high 47 points in 30 games, making Carlson the best player on the best team with a case for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s MVP.

Forwards have dominated the award. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price won it in 2015, and the last defenseman to win it was Chris Pronger in 2000. Before that, it was Orr in 1972. Nicklas Lidstrom, a seven-time Norris winner and four-time Stanley Cup winner widely considered to be one of the best defensemen ever, never finished higher than fourth on MVP ballots.

Despite those odds, Carlson is making a strong case.

Let’s start with the last two defensemen to win the award, Pronger and Orr. Differences in season lengths, roster sizes and scoring environments make it difficult to compare season-long stats, but two advanced metrics, goals created and point shares, make era adjustments, allowing a more direct assessment of their respective performances. Goals created accounts for assists and adjusts them to the team level. Point shares is an adaptation of the win shares metric Bill James created in 2002 for baseball. In hockey, point shares estimate the number of standing points (two points for a win in regulation, overtime or a shootout and one point for an overtime or shootout loss) each player is responsible for. The higher the number, the more that player contributing to winning.

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John Carlson Remains Hot

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bet against Natick-born John Carlson reaching 100 points at your own peril. Headed into the weekend, the Capitals’ hard-shooting defenseman led the league in points and assists with a 5-16—21 line over 12 games.

Not likely that he could keep up that kind of pace, which would deliver 35-109—144, but it’s equally true that Carlson’s production is no fluke.

The 2018 Cup winners like to push the pace and Carlson, who will be 30 in January, has finished the last two seasons with 68 and 70 points, respectively (both career bests). A lift to 100 would be hefty, but not impossible, particularly with such an outsized start (as of Friday morning, Nashville’s Ryan Ellis was second on the D-man scoring list with 12 points)....

One wrinkle to the Capitals’ attack has Carlson, typically the lone point man on the No. 1 power play, switching spots on the fly with hard-shooting Alex Ovechkin in the left circle. Ovechkin slides back toward the blue line and is sometimes the guy who tosses the diagonal down for Carlson to launch, giving him a shorter and sharper-angled looked at the net. The Boston equivalent would have Torey Krug drifting off the blue line and switching off with David Pastrnak as the one-time specialist at the left dot.

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John Carlson On Leading The NHL In Scoring

from Tom Gulliti of NHL.com,

John Carlson's fast start has him being mentioned in the company of some of the best defensemen to play the game.

The Washington Capitals defenseman isn't the kind to bring up his own name in such conversations, but he's done plenty of talking with his play over the first 10 games.

Carlson leads the League with 18 points and 15 assists after assisting on Alex Ovechkin's goal in a 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The 29-year-old is the third defenseman in the NHL to get as many as 18 points in his team's first 10 games, and the first to do it in 31 years, following Bobby Orr, who had 18 points in the first 10 games with the Boston Bruins in 1969-70 and 1973-74, and Paul Coffey, who had 20 points in the first 10 with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988-89.

Although Carlson acknowledges that being in the company of Hockey Hall of Famers such as Orr and Coffey is "pretty cool," he downplays his early season production.

"For a defenseman, I just think there's so much luck involved," Carlson said. "I think I'm making good plays, don't get me wrong. I'm not just dumping the puck in, although I did have one or two of those as well. But chances happen, chances get created and sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't. They seem to be going in right now, which is nice, so I'll just keep working the same way."

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John Carlson Appears To Be Staying With The Washington Capitals

added 6:20pm,

 

added 6:22pm,

 

added 6:32pm, Contract details below.

added 7:04pm, Washington release is below.

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The Latest On Soon To Be UFA John Carlson

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Video- Ugh John Carlson

A turnover as bad as you'll see.

 

 

added 7:50pm, maybe I spoke too soon, Brandon Carlo with an oops, watch below...

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John Carlson Looking Forward To Pope Francis In Washington

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

It’s not every day religious beliefs are openly expressed in hockey locker rooms, but Pope Francis’ historic two-day visit to Washington may change that, at least for the next day or two.

With the leader of the Catholic church scheduled to make stops at the White House, the Basilica of the National Shrine, the Capitol and St. Patrick’s Catholic church, Capitals defenseman John Carlson said he’s anxious to hear what the pontiff has to say.

“It’s something I’ve never been around for; it’s cool to see,” said Carlson, a Catholic who was born in Marlborough, Mass., but moved to Colonia, N.J. as a child and attended St. Joseph in Metuchen, N.J. as a high school freshman.

“I think he’s awesome. I think his ideals are definitely a change of pace and I like what he does.”

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Video- Vokoun Prepares To Play The Puck Behind The Net

Instead, the puck finds the back of the net.

 

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Matt Cooke The Recipient Of An Elbow/Shoulder To The Head?

The hit was delivered by John Carlson, no call on the play.

thanks ot the pensblog for the pointer…

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Trophy Talk: Southeast-Style

We’ve said it several times this season – that the Southleast is no more. With 308 combined points in the standings, Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina, Atlanta and Florida comprise the Eastern Conference’s top division by that standard. Only the Pacific Division (321 points) has had more success as a group this season in the entire league. There’s even a fighting chance that four Southeast Division clubs could make the playoffs.

Suffice it to say, anyone still knocking the hockey played down here in this corner of the continent can be officially discredited. Clearly, anyone in that category hasn’t been paying attention this season.

Beyond team accolades, when the book is closed on the 2010-11 season, the Southeast Division has a legitimate chance for representation in almost every major year-end individual award. Some have sturdier ground to stand on than others in that respect but several individuals from Southeast clubs look to at least be in the conversation for some hardware in Vegas in late June.

Since premature awards speculation has started to heat up at a few other media outlets – always fun to keep tabs on ESPN’s Trophy Tracker but no Tampa Bay love in the Adams race, really? – here’s a list of potential trophy candidates from the Southeast Division, in no particular order.

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

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