At age 9, Michael Carman played for a U-12 team in England. He attended the USA Hockey Select 15 and 16 camps.
2003-04: Carman played in 29 games for the games for the Academy of Holy Angels, recording 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists), earning himself All-State Honorable Mentions. He was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Minnesota State High School Championships.
2004-05: Carman played a strong season for the U-17 team. In 63 games, Carman finished second on the team with 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) with 88 PIM. He was also a key contributor during Team USA’s first place run at the Four Nations Cup, recording seven points(one goal, six assists).
2005-06: Carman continued to play a physical game and an offensive game for the U-18 team. In 60 games, Carman led the team in PIM with 102 and finished third on the team in points with 54 (21 goals, 33 assists). He also had the 2nd most power play goals with 11. Carman also played very well against NCAA opposition. In 22 games, Carman finished second on the team in PIM (42), points (18), assists (11), and points per game (.82). He tied for first on the team with power play goals with four and tied for third on the team with overall goals with seven.
2006-07: After time with the USNDP, Carman joined up with the University of Minnesota (WCHA) this season. In 41 games as a rookie, he potted nine goals (his three short-handers led the team) and 20 points (4th among U-M rookies), along with 55 penalty minutes (3rd on U-M). He was named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team after scoring game-winning goals in the playoffs against Alaska-Anchorage and Air Force, as well as a tally against North Dakota in the West Regional Final. He also competed with the US National U20 Team at the WJC, where he netted a goal and took home the Bronze Medal.
2007-08: A sophomore at the U. of Minnesota, Carman missed the first semester before coming back for the second, where he tallied four goals and 11 points in 23 games. Outside of collegiate hockey, he once again joined up with the US National U20 squad, appearing in six games (2g+1a) at the WJC and was a part of the US squad that took part in the Deutschland Cup in Germany.
2008-09: In his third season with the University of Minnesota, Carman tallied eight goals and 17 points through 32 games, while his 52.4 (294-567) percent playoff win percentage led the team. He’ll be one of six seniors returning for the 2009-10 season with the Gophers.
2009-10: Carman made his pro hockey debut with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with Colorado in March 2010 following his senior season at the University of Minnesota. In 10 games with Lake Erie he scored 2 goals and was +5 with 10 PMs. Carman skated in all 39 games for Minnesota and scored 8 goals with 10 assists with 39 PMs. Carman had a -4 plus/minus as the Gophers struggled to break .500 and finished seventh in the WCHA.
2010-11: Carman skated in 69 games for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his first pro season. Primarily in a lower line role, he scored 9 goals with 8 assists and was minus-six with 59 penalty minutes. The Monsters finished second in the North Division. Carman had 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes in Lake Erie's seven-game playoff series against Manitoba.
2011-12: Carman spent his second pro season in the AHL; beginning the year with Lake Erie before being obtained by the Capitals in exchange for Danny Richmond and finishing the season with Capitals' affiliate Hershey. He scored 10 goals with 8 assists and was minus-six with 41 penalty minutes in 60 games between the two teams. The Bears finished third in the East Division. Carman scored 1 goal and was minus-two in Hershey's five-game first-round playoff series. He was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Capitals in June, 2012.
The former defenseman-turned-center does a little bit of everything. Spectacular in the faceoff circle, Carman is a good skater but does not have the creativity to become an offensive force.
Unless Carman improves, he projects as a minor league player who will only see NHL duty when there are multiple injuries on the parent club.