It is interesting to try to identify Hall of Fame track players as early as possible in their career. These are players who project to have Hall of Fame careers. One player who appears to be on such a track that few have spoken of in this manner is John Carlson of the Washington Capitals.
Carlson was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the late first round in 2008. He was first noticed by most hockey fans in the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships. He was an alternate captain of the gold medal winning US team. He scored the gold medal winning goal in overtime and was named to the tournament all star team. He made his NHL debut later in 2010. By the 2010 playoffs he was fulfilling a significant role on the Capitals defence.
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