“I’ve seen some pretty hot starts, but I’ve never seen something quite like this.”
That’s what Calgary Flames captain and reigning Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano had to say about the way John Carlson of the Washington Capitals has come flying out of the gates to begin the 2019-20 season.
Giordano’s Flames host the Capitals on Tuesday night where Carlson has the chance to tie Washington’s franchise record.
Carlson, 29, has three goals and a whopping 15 assists through 10 games for a league-leading 18-points. He has registered an assist in seven consecutive games and if he extends his streak to eight games he’ll tie a franchise record currently held by Mike Green (2009) and Scott Stevens (1988).
“He’s always been a guy who puts up numbers and he’s right up there in the league offensively from the back end year in and year out,” Giordano added via NHL.com. “He’s obviously feeling good right now.”
Carlson has finished top-five in Norris voting in each of the past two years and since the start of 2017-18, his 156 points ranks second among blueliners behind only Brent Burns’s 158 points.
“I think he’s taken a step forward, obviously, in his game. His confidence level is really high,” Alex Ovechkin said of his longtime teammate. “We’re happy for him. I think he’s playing a different game right now. It seems like everything goes in. Passes, shots, plays. It’s good for us.”