Recommendation: The 22-year old defenseman has played in every game both of the last two seasons for the Caps. Carlson totaled nine goals and 23 assists last season and added 22 penalty minutes. Carlson will likely return as a top defender for the Caps as they look to take the next step in the postseason.
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Update: Carlson signed a six-year, $23.8 million extension with the Capitals on Friday, according to Craig Custance of ESPN.com.