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Video: A Strong Showing for Carlson

Here's a video on 19-year-old defenseman John Carlson, who made an impression while playing for Hershey during the Calder Cup playoffs. Now the 2008 first-round pick is turning heads at development camp.

(Props to the video team and NFL editor Gene Wang for the narration cameo.)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 17, 2009; 8:39 AM ET
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Nice video -- Thanks!

Posted by: uncatim | July 17, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

For those that didn't like the Schultz/Chara comparison I have to ask why. Chara is not flashy in what he does either, he usually just gets in the way, ties up a forward, and brings them to the boards. That is the way Schultz plays, but as many of you have said, needs more experience. You will rarely, if ever, see a player like Chara (or Schultz), poke check and forward and turn up ice with the puck, that is not their style.

I know that Chara won the Norris but if you watched the awards show the hosts said they thought Chara would win this year even though he wasn't the best choice because it would be a sort of life time achievement award. They also said Green would be back many times, but that remains to be seen.

For all of you that think Chara is a stud please reflect back on his playoff performance. He was abused! He was getting knocked to the ice by the likes of LaRose and Ruutu. Both hard nosed players but no where near Chara's size. Out of the starting 6 defensemen he was 5th in +/- with a +1. I haven't looked at the stats closely but they blew the Canadiens out so his +/- against the Hurricanes was probably rediculously low. To make a short story long, IMO BB will have Schultz in the line-up whenever he is healthy.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 17, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Chara's skating is so vastly superior to Schultz's at this stage of his career you can't even put their names in the same sentence. Schultz looks like an akward 6'6 guy on skates...Chara actually skates very well and he does join the rush occasionally.

I'd agree Chara got abused in the playoffs, but Schultz still has a long way to go to be in the same discussion as Chara.

Carlson continues to be ahead of the curve. Help is coming.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | July 17, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Chara was not a good skater for many of his NHL years. But was does he or Shultz have to do with this post?

Posted by: megatroll1 | July 17, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Chara/Schultz discussion is a carryover from yesterday.

Does it bother anyone else that Finley didn't play his college hockey somewhere in Minnesota? Of course we don't know what kind of offers were thrown his way but usually the stand out Minnesota boys end up staying in Minnesota for college. North Dakota has a great hockey program, but they usually have to steal someone from the hockey hotbeds.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 17, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Good lord, please let the Shultz/Chara debate end. For everyone sanity... ;)

Posted by: hbcapsfan | July 17, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Chara- 170 hits.
Schultz- 50 hits.

that alone shows how different their playing style is. They tie forwards into the boards because they are both retardedly tall and huge and they have to.
Schultz's giveaway/takeaway ratio is also worse than Chara's, showing that he loses alot of those battles. Granted, it's not that worse.

Like I said earlier, Schultz could very well be a great defender in the years to come, but he will never be a leader nor have the sheer physicality of Chara.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 17, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

How about a Chara/Finley comparison?

Posted by: Boo- | July 17, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Finley has only played 1 AHL game, he's barely a pro. If Finley's style is in your face hockey, he might never pan out since he's already had a concussion so severe that he was shelved for 2 months. It would be nice to know exactly how it happened. If it was while he was delivering a hit and he never went down but got his bell rung we might have a Lindross on our hands. If it was a fluke situation where his head hit the glass, boards, or ice, hard it is probably an isolated type of incident.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 17, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Why not carry the discussion about a certain topic on the thread where it makes sense? It's not as if they shut them down for comments. Not enough personal attention that way perhaps?

Citizen journalism blows. There I said it.

Carlson is going to be a beast.

Posted by: megatroll1 | July 17, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"For those that didn't like the Schultz/Chara comparison I have to ask why."

OK. How about in addition to the reach that both posses Chara is a better skater, hits, fights (well!!) and generally plays against the other teams top lines.

Shultz has the aforementioned reach, makes Larry "hit 'em with your purse" Murphy look like Scott Stevens and sees bottom pairing minutes, if he isn't scratched.

Oh, I see, your the "Huntsy was a goon" guy. Do you know that what you know about hockey spins the other direction in the Southern Hemisphere...after you flush the toilet?

Posted by: tomsuhr | July 18, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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