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Oates on Carlson: ‘I think the Olympics will energize him’

Feb 9, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson will be making his first trip to the Olympics to represent the United States.

As Katie Carrera of The Washington Post shares, Caps coach Adam Oates believes playing on the big stage in Sochi will make him a better player down the stretch

“I don’t worry about it based on [workload] because I think the Olympics will energize him,” Coach Adam Oates said. “I think he’ll zero his focus in again…. You’re going to play with the best players in the world at the highest level. So for one week I think it will, if nothing else, re-energize him.”

Carlson, 24, has played internationally before in the World Junior Championships, but incorporating the condensed NHL schedule and the jam-packed Olympic schedule could be an issue for some players.

This season, Carlson has 10 goals and 23 points in 59 games. He trails only Mike Green among defensemen on the team in scoring. If he can pick up his play following the Olympics, the Capitals could sure use the lift as they’re one point back of the final wild card spot in the East.

  1. lowenni - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    He’s truly a great young defenseman. He’s extremely gifted and has great skill, speed, size, and most importantly hockey sense. I think he’d do great paired next to Suter or McDonagh and could help form an extremely talented shut down pair. Hope these Olympics help him get the attention he deserves nationwide

  2. lonespeed - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Taken out of context.

    ‘I think the Olympics will energize him…because he’ll be playing with a good team for once and not just one highly talented goal scorer with a bunch of average role players.’

  3. gunnyhighway88 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Um, Nicklas Backstrom is hardly an “average role player”. Did you just start watching hockey last week? Last I checked, a guy that is 3rd overall in the league in assists and 15th overall in points is not average. Just saying.

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