3 players who were the biggest surprises on Capitals this season

Which players rose to the occassion in the most unexpected way?
Dylan Strome, Washington Capitals
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John Carlson, Washington Capitals
John Carlson, Washington Capitals / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Carlson

For a veteran to log the amount of minutes John Carlson did was truly remarkable and like Strome, Carly played in all 82 of the Capitals games this season. Carlson ranked first in the NHL in ice time per game this season averaging 25:54 minutes. That marks a new career high after he averaged 25:03 minutes of ice time in the 2018-19 season.

Carlson's 82 game season marked the eighth time in his 15 year career he appeared in every game. He skated a game high of 29:20 in the Caps regular season finale on April 16 at Philadelphia which marked his league leading 14th game with 29 plus minutes of ice time this season. No other skaer in the NHL has more than nine games with over 29 minutes of ice time.

Carlson is the only player in the NHL to record at least 1,600 minutes of even strength ice time, 250 minutes of power play ice time and 200 minutes of shorthanded ice time.