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The Noon Number: All-American Hero

A look at a stellar decade for one of the NHL’s best blueliners

NHL: DEC 23 Capitals at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

453 - Number of points earned by John Carlson over the past decade, fifth-most among all NHL blueliners. Playing all but three of his 725 games in the 2010s, Carlson and has racked up 103 goals and 350 assists over that span.

While he’s only recently gained attention in the hockey world for his stellar offense this season, he’s actually been pretty consistent for the last half-decade. He’s cracked 50 points in four of his last six seasons, falling short just twice - one of those being an injury-shortened 56-game campaign in 2015-16 in which he still managed 39 points.

Carlson has topped double-digits in goals five times in his career, setting a new personal best two seasons ago with 15 (a mark which he seems all but assured of topping this season, sitting at 13 goals with half a season to go). He is just one of 16 blueliners to have as many as five 10+ goal seasons under his belt since the 2009-10 season, and already has three of the top 25 point totals among Caps’ defensemen in franchise history.

Of course, none of this should be all that surprising considering how Carlson started the decade: