Originally written on DC Pro Sports Report  |  Last updated 12/18/14

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20: 27th overall pick, John Carlson (L) and 21st overall pick, Anton Gustafsson (R) of the Washington Capitals are interviewed at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has been selected to Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The 23 year-old defenseman will be making his be first Olympic appearance. Carlson is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with seven goals this season and leads the Caps with 83 blocked shots. He also leads all Caps on average ice time with 24:10. Carlson is second only to Alexander Ovechkin in shots on goal with 107. The young defenseman has appeared in 274 career NHL games with the Caps and has scored 112 points with 30 goals and 82 assists. More Caps will be heading to Sochi as well, representing other countries. We will keep you updated here.
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