Not that the blog hasn’t already pumped Matt Carle’s tires to the point of explosion, but we’re a little late handing out the most recent props to the San Jose Sharks rookie defenseman from Anchorage.
Carle’s power-play goal in a 5-1 win at Phoenix last Thursday put his name in a couple places in San Jose’s record book. The goal, his 11th of the season, set a franchise record for most goals by a rookie defenseman. The strike was also his eighth on the power play, setting a franchise record for most power-play goals by a rookie blueliner.
With 11-26—37 totals in 68 games, Carle is two points shy of tying the franchise record for most points by a rookie defenseman (39, Marcus Ragnarsson, 1995-96). Carle leads all NHL rookie defensemen in goals, assists and points, and is seventh among all rookie skaters in points.