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2014-15 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

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From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, John Carlson.

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Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.comwar-on-ice.comGeneral Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com):

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Carlson's Career Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage:

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Carlson's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck):

Carlson HERO

Carlson's Past Seven Seasons (via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com; click to enlarge):

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Key Stat: Posted career best numbers in goals (12), assists (43), and points (55) while skating big minutes every night of the year. Carlson also notched career best playoff numbers in assists (5) and points (6), leading Washington’s blueliners in both categories.

Interesting Stat: Carlson skated in all 96 Capitals games this season, matching the longest professional season of his young career (2011-2012). The 2014-2015 season marked his fifth straight year skating in every contest, the Capitals’ current Ironman.

The Good: This year saw Carlson continue to improve on Washington’s backend as he placed himself rightly into discussions of this contending team’s franchise players. Steadied by the addition of veteran American defenseman Brooks Orpik, Carlson was able to flex his offensive muscles with a little bit more comfort. This confidence empowered Carlson to jump into offensive opportunities more often and he made good on his chances, outpacing former pace-setter Mike Green by ten points.

The Bad: Carlson’s 2014-2015 season was his best yet, a positive fifth year atop four other good years. He was once again dependable and reliable, steadying the team with his calm puck possession and passing skills. Carlson skated a season high 28:26 in Game 6 against the Rangers and then bettered that mark with 29:10 on the ice in Game 7. Next season, those TOI numbers should be his season average. More so than anyone, this Ironman seems poised to handle the challenge.

The Video:

The Vote: Rate Carlson below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.

The Discussion:Washington’s top rearguard is under contract for another three years. Can he continue his growth under the guidance of Trotz and Assistant Coach Todd Reirden? If Green leaves through Free Agency, can Carlson improve on his career best offensive numbers with 82 games on the first power play unit? What would it take for you to give him a "10" next year?

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