by Peter Gustavson | Capitals Correspondent | Thu, Apr 25th 10:31am EDT
John Carlson was held off the scoresheet in Washington’s double-overtime loss to Carolina Wednesday. He ends the playoffs with no goals, five assists, and 23 shots-on-goal.
Carlson’s inability to find the back of the net this postseason comes as a bit of a surprise after leading the Capitals in shots during the playoffs, outpacing even Alex Ovechkin in the category. He enjoyed a spectacular 2018-2019 regular season, producing 13 goals, 57 assists, and 70 points, good for fourth among all defenseman. Carlson was underrated by many fantasy outlets heading into the season, but don’t count on that occurring again next year. He should be one of the first defensemen off the board in fantasy drafts. A repeat of 70 points might be asking a bit much, but Carlson should continue to provide plenty of production while quarterbacking a potent Washington power-play unit that features some of the premier talent in the NHL.