He’s tied a mark held by two of the game’s most legendary blueliners and is on his way to joining an exclusive group with others, but John Carlson’s big offensive numbers haven’t been enough to even make him a Norris finalist yet. Can that change this season?
Bobby Orr, Paul Coffey and John Carlson. That’s it. That’s the complete list of defensemen who’ve managed 18 points through the first 10 games of their team’s campaign in NHL history, a trio of which Carlson managed to join when he set the table for an Alex Ovechkin blast in the Capitals’ Sunday outing against the Chicago Blackhawks. And the Washington rearguard might not be done entering the record books this month.
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