Capitals recall WJC hero Carlson

by NHL.com
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.
 
Carlson, who turned 20 on Jan. 10, is a first-year pro who stands 6'3", 208 pounds. The Natick, Mass., native leads AHL defensemen in points per game (0.78). He ranks tied for 11th among AHL defensemen with 25 points (one goal, 24 assists) in 32 games. He is tied for 10th in the league (second among rookies) with a +17 rating.
 
January has been a busy month for Carlson. He played in two games for the Capitals last week, represented the Bears in Portland, Maine, on Tuesday in the AHL All-Star Game and led the U.S. National Junior Team to a gold medal in the World Junior Championship earlier this month, scoring two goals in the gold-medal game including the overtime winner.
 
Carlson has played five games for the Capitals this season, averaging 14:34 of ice time with a +4 rating. 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 at Pittsburgh.