Per the NHL, John Carlson has been named the second star of the week, with eight points in four games to continue his torrid start to the season. Carlson’s hot hand has him not only leading all defensemen in scoring - where he currently enjoys a seven-point cushion over the rest of the pack - but all skaters overall, narrowly edging out two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid.
(Worth noting, by the way, that it could be a two-point lead over McDavid had his goal against Colorado held up.)
Carlson has posted a League-best six multi-point games already this season (including three three-point outings, two of which occurred this week), with 12 of his 18 points earned at even strength and two game-winning goals for good measure.
This is just the second time in his career that Carlson has earned Star of the Week honors; the last time dates all the way back to December of 2011, when he was named the NHL’s third star behind the legendary Jarome Iginla and Minnesota netminder Matt Hackett.
From the team:
ARLINGTON, Va. – Defenseman John Carlson has been named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending Oct. 20, the NHL announced today.
Carlson paced the NHL with seven assists and ranked second with eight points in four games to propel the Capitals to a 3-1-0 week. He notched one assist in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Oct. 14. Carlson then registered consecutive three-point outings, compiling 1g, 2a, 3 points (including the game-winning goal) in a 4-3 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 16 and three assists in a 5-2 victory against the New York Rangers Oct. 18. He added one more helper in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 20, extending his assist/point streak to seven games (3g, 12a, 15 points). The 29-year-old Natick, Mass., native tops the NHL in both assists (15) and points (18) through 10 contests this season. Only two other defensemen in NHL history have recorded as many points through their team’s opening 10 games of a campaign: Bobby Orr (2g, 16a, 18 points in 1969-70 and 5g, 13a, 18 points in 1973-74, w/ BOS) and Paul Coffey (3g, 17a, 20 points in 1988-89, w/ PIT).