ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman John Carlson from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Ten days ago Carlson led the U.S. National Junior Team to a gold medal in the World Junior Championship, scoring two goals in the gold-medal game including the overtime winner.
Carlson, who turned 20 Jan. 10, is a first-year pro who stands 6’3”, 208 pounds. The Natick, Mass., native leads Hershey defensemen and leads AHL defensemen in points per game (0.78). He ranks tied for ninth among AHL defensemen with 25 points (one goal, 24 assists) in 32 games. He is tied for eighth in the league (second among rookies) with a +17 rating.
Carlson has played three games for the Capitals this season, averaging 14:10 of ice time with an even plus/minus rating from Nov. 20-23.
Carlson joined Hershey last year after the completion of the OHL’s London Knights season where he had 16 goals and 60 assists in 59 junior games. He played in 16 Calder Cup playoff games for Hershey and had two goals and one assist as the Bears won the Calder Cup.
The Capitals selected Carlson in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 27th overall selection. Carlson, who is No. 74 with Washington, is eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.