John Carlson has been the defenseman stars of the playoffs since the first game. Carly is back to his old self after missing a total of 26 games during the regular season for lower-body injury. He is often called “the most under-rated” defensemen in the NHL; that is until the playoffs. He has averaged 25 minutes on the ice and racked up three goals. He is a key component to the Caps power play—scoring all three goals on the PP. Carly blocks an average of two shots a game and at 6’3”, 210 pounds, he is a brick wall opponents don’t want to run into.
In seven postseason games he has already surpassed his 204/15 record of five points in 14 games. Every time he steps on the ice, we are pretty sure something is going to happen. He already has 30 shots on goal, just three shy of Alex Ovechkin. He also has a 10 percent save average–the highest of any of the team defensemen. He is a solid special teams player who grits it out on the powerplay or blocking shots to kill off the opponent’s powerplay. Averaging about 25 minutes on the ice every game, you get the feeling that he is always there.
As the Caps keep pushing forward to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, look for Carly to play a key role in the team’s success.