The Capitals' very own John Carlson, the most decorated defenseman this October leading all blueliners by four goals and nine points, has earned the NHL's First Star of the Month.

Washington's veteran defenseman ranked third in the NHL with 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in 14 games played this month, only second in the league record books to Calgary's Al MacInnis who registered 25 points in 13 games played over October 1990.

Carlson not only scored in 12 of 14 appearances but also set a Capitals record for points by a defenseman in any calendar month as well as matched Caps captain Alex Ovechkin's team record for points by any skater in a single October. Ovi set the 23-point record with 14 goals and nine assists in 2009.

Fueled by Carlson's eight multi-point contests, Washington was 6-1-1 when he tallied multiple points this month. 

Since drafted 27th overall in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, Carlson has recorded 308 career points with 144 goals and 164 assists in 332 appearances, tied for third-most points by a defenseman in Capitals history.

Only three times in the 10 NHL seasons under his belt has Carlson received votes for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league's top defenseman.