|Assets:||Is a smooth skater with exceptional hockey sense and puck-moving control, dangle and goal-scoring ability. He's getting faster and loves to pounce on the attack. Also possesses a booming slap shot, which he uses to produce on the power play. He plays with an outstanding level of confidence when he has the puck on his blade.|
|Flaws:||Size is somewhat of an issue for him, as he's smallish for the blueline position at the National Hockey League level. So, he needs to keep getting stronger. Struggles with defensive-zone coverage at times, and isn't an ideal shutdown defenseman due to his limitations when he doesn't have the puck on his blade.|
|Career Potential:||Elite offensive defenseman.|
|NHL||James Norris Memorial Trophy||2011-12|
|NHL||First All-Star Team||2011-12|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2011-12, 2010-11|
|4/25/2013||Missed 31 games (left achilles).|
|2/14/2013||Left Achilles, injured reserve.|
|9/26/2012||Signed with Jokerit (Finland).|
|6/19/2012||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senator to a seven-year contract.|
|3/06/2012||Fined $2,500 by the NHL.|
|1/12/2012||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|1/10/2012||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/10/2011||Missed the last 4 regular season games (lacerated leg).|
|4/02/2011||Lacerated leg, day-to-day.|
|2/25/2011||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|2/23/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/26/2010||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|3/02/2010||Missed 5 games (upper body injury).|
|2/06/2010||Upper body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/27/2009||Recalled from Binghamton (AHL).|
|10/27/2009||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|5/07/2009||Signed by the Ottawa Senators to an entry-level contract.|
|6/20/2008||Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 1st round (15th overall) in 2008.|
Erik Karlsson enjoys strong Game 4 vs. Pens | 05/23/2013 11:56 AM
NewsErik Karlsson collected two assists and five shots in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
ImpactThe supremely talented defenseman had been struggling in his previous three matches against the Penguins in the series. Going into Wednesday's contest, Karlsson had no points, eight shots, six penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating after he looked very good versus Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.
Karlsson struggling against Penguins | 05/18/2013 12:59 PM
NewsErik Karlsson is struggling to regain his form after returning to action from a sliced Achilles tendon.
ImpactHe has not looked good against the Penguins and was particulalry vulnerable on Pittsburgh's first goal Friday night as Sidney Crosby blew by him and beat Craig Anderson. As a result, Sens' coach Paul MacLean cut Karlsson's ice time for the remainder of the contest. If you are relying on Karlsson in a playoff pool, we suggest you look for alternatives until the Sens' rearguard shows he is in better game shape.
Erik Karlsson feels he's working his way back | 05/17/2013 9:34 AM
NewsErik Karlsson agreed with coach Paul MacLean's assessment that he isn't playing up to his past standards since returning from his Achilles injury.
Impact"I'm not playing the way I did when I got hurt and that's just the way it is," Karlsson said. "I'm trying to figure it out. Every once in a while it works and you feel pretty good out there. I've got to find the consistent game as well." Even a partially healthy Karlsson is valuable to the Senators though, as they continue to play in the postseason against Pittsburgh in the second round.
Erik Karlsson isn't up to par yet? | 05/16/2013 11:05 AM
NewsSenators coach Paul MacLean doesn't think Erik Karlsson is playing at the same level he was prior to getting his Achilles sliced by Matt Cooke's skate.
Impact"I don't think he's close to what he was before he got injured," said MacLean. "He was a dominant, dominant player, possibly the best player in the league at the time of his injury. Our expectation wasn't that (his play) would be at that level. Our expectation is that Erik would make us a better team because of his abilities to move the puck and to help us on the power play, to quarterback that. Our expectation is not that he's the Norris Trophy-winning Erik Karlsson." He logged nearly 27 minutes of ice time in Game 1 against Pittsburgh and has picked up six points in six playoff matches so far.
Erik Karlsson plays down facing Cooke again | 05/13/2013 11:58 AM
NewsErik Karlsson isn't concerned with facing Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke in the second round of the playoffs.
ImpactCooke's skate cut Karlsson's Achilles tendon and the Ottawa defenseman missed 31 games after requiring surgery. "I don't have many thoughts," Karlsson said. "Whatever happened, happened. I'm back playing and it's not something I'm really thinking about." The offensively gifted blueliner generated one goal and five assists in the Senators' first-round series win over Montreal.
Senators know that Game 4 is crucial | 05/07/2013 10:54 AM
NewsThe Senators know that Game 4 on Tuesday night is a crucial one.
ImpactIt's a chance for them to really put the Canadiens in a hole and take a commanding 3-1 series lead. "Right now, (the momentum) is nowhere, it's a day off," Erik Karlsson said Monday. "The next one is a totally different game. We know the third one is harder to win than the second one. We have to come out like we did (Sunday), but even better. They want to prove they're the better team."
Erik Karlsson feels good, ready for playoffs | 05/01/2013 10:54 AM
NewsErik Karlsson says he has felt better each day since coming back from his Achilles injury.
ImpactHe surpassed 27 minutes of ice time in each of his three outings since returning to the lineup and he has collected four assists during that time. Karlsson should give Ottawa's troubled offense a much-needed jolt in the playoffs against Montreal.
Erik Karlsson is getting insane minutes | 04/28/2013 9:51 AM
NewsErik Karlsson logged 27:46 minutes on Saturday.
ImpactKarlsson has gotten an about 55 minutes of playing time in his first two games back from an Achilles tendon injury. He was expected to miss the season due to the injury, so the fact that he's not only back but getting big minutes is insane. Ottawa might be heading for a first round exit, but Karlsson might average close to a point-per-game as long as the Senators are alive.
Erik Karlsson may not play Sunday night | 04/27/2013 12:19 PM
NewsOttawa coach Paul MacLean indicated that he may want to rest some veterans and previously-injured players Sunday night against Boston.
ImpactThat will include Craig Anderson and might include Erik Karlsson. We suspect Karlsson will talk his way into the lineup but keep an eye on this when setting your lineup for the last game of the season.
Erik Karlsson helps Sens lock up playoff spot | 04/26/2013 10:09 AM
NewsThe Senators locked up a playoff spot, thanks, in part, to the return of Erik Karlsson.
ImpactThe blueliner suffered a 70 percent tear to his Achilles tendon only 10 weeks ago, but didn't miss a beat in the win against the Capitals, assisting on both goals and playing 27:11. "We came here with a goal -- two points -- and we got them," said Karlsson, who also had eight shots on net. "I didn't feel quite as comfortable as I used to. Overall, it was a solid game."
Erik Karlsson picks up 2 points in return | 04/25/2013 10:43 PM
NewsSenators defenseman Erik Karlsson assisted on both Ottawa goals in his return to the lineup, a 2-1 overtime win over Washington.
ImpactIt's incredible that Karlsson is even fit enough to be back in the lineup so soon, nevermind play over 27 minutes and register two points. Sergei Gonchar and Jakob Silfverberg were the goal scorers in the Senators victory.
Erik Karlsson to return after speedy recovery | 04/25/2013 12:25 PM
NewsErik Karlsson will amazingly return to Ottawa's lineup Thursday night after partially tearing his Achilles tendon on Feb. 13.
ImpactHe was expected to miss four-to-six months after undergoing surgery to repair a 70 percent tear of his Achilles tendon, but managed to come back after just 10 weeks. He will be paired with Marc Methot and should get power-play time as well.
Erik Karlsson takes wait-and-see approach | 04/25/2013 10:39 AM
NewsErik Karlsson wouldn't guarantee his return to the lineup following Wednesday's practice, but it remains a possibility that he'll play before the end of the regular season.
Impact"We're just going to wait and see how things progress," he said. "I feel better and better every day, but it's still not back to normal and probably won't be for a long time." Karlsson may return from a 70 percent tear of his Achilles tendon in just 10 weeks, which is less than half the normal recovery time. His status for Thursday's contest at Washington should be clearer after the Senators' morning skate. Ottawa can clinch a playoff spot if they beat the Capitals.
Erik Karlsson might return to action Thursday | 04/24/2013 1:04 PM
NewsErik Karlsson participated regularly at Ottawa's practice Wednesday and it looks like he will be able to play against Washington Thursday night.
Impact"If he feels confident it's time for him to play he'll play," said coach Paul MacLean. Karlsson has been out of action since Feb. 13 after he required surgery to repair a 70 percent tear of his Achilles tendon. We'll keep you posted on his status.
Karlsson return possible next weeked | 04/20/2013 11:51 AM
NewsDespite the fact Erik Karlsson has made a quick and impressive recovery from sliced Achilles tendon, he will not play Saturday night against Toronto.
ImpactThat said, there is a very good chance he will suit up in one of the Senators' games next weekend against either the Flyers on Saturday or the Bruins on Sunday.
Erik Karlsson may resume practices next week | 04/18/2013 11:15 AM
NewsOttawa GM Bryan Murray has brought up the possibility of Erik Karlsson resuming practices next week.
Impact"Actually, we had a meeting (Tuesday) and talked a little bit," Murray said. "And I suggested maybe next week, if he feels that he's close enough to go out and spend 15 minutes at the early part of practice with the team, that would be a good thing for him and obviously a little motivation for the group." He added that Karlsson will have the final say when he'll return once he gets the green light from the doctors. Unfortunately, an exact timeline for all of that to happen is unclear especially given the severity of the injury. Achilles tendon injuries often require six months of rehab and it's only been two since Karlsson was injured against Pittsburgh. It would be pretty miraculous if he was able to come back during the playoffs, but it looks the team's front office is beaming with the possibility.
Erik Karlsson isn't close to practicing | 04/15/2013 9:39 AM
NewsErik Karlsson (Achilles) was on the ice Sunday.
Impact"He skated and he had his full equipment on when I saw him coming back," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "I don't think he is close to practicing with the team. Obviously, if he has his equipment on that's a good thing." Karlsson shouldn't be counted on to play before the regular season ends and it would be surprising to even see him back during the playoffs.
Agent: No definitive timetable for Karlsson | 04/10/2013 11:00 AM
NewsErik Karlsson (Achilles) doesn't have a timetable in place for when he'll be able to return to action, according to his agent Craig Oster.
ImpactHe hasn't played since Feb. 13 when his left Achilles was cut by the skate of Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke. Karlsson required surgery to repair the tendon, but he has resumed skating. "Erik is continuing to progress," Oster said in an e-mail. "He and the organization are going to ensure that he is fully healthy and at minimal risk of complications before he considers a return to play. The healing process seems to be going well. No definitive timelines."
Erik Karlsson (achilles) skates Monday | 04/08/2013 2:09 PM
NewsErik Karlsson (achilles) was on the ice with Senators skating coach Marc Power on Monday.
ImpactKarlsson has missed less than two months in a recovery that was expected to take at least six months. It's not clear at this point if Karlsson will be able to surprise a lot of people by returning during the playoffs.
Karlsson hopes to be ready during playoffs | 03/26/2013 9:54 AM
NewsErik Karlsson doesn't want to rule himself out if the Ottawa Senators get into the playoffs and have a lengthy run.
Impact"The guys have been playing great and that helps my motivation as well," Karlsson said Monday during the first intermission. "I'm looking forward to the playoffs. If that time comes, it's going to be a decision. But right now, we don't really aim to play this year." He is currently walking without a protective boot, as he continues to slowly recover from Achilles tendon surgery in mid-February. Karlsson is encouraged by his progress even if it is gradual.
Karlsson blames Cooke sort of | 02/23/2013 1:48 PM
NewsErik Karlsson doesn't believe that Matt Cooke meant to slice his Achilles tendon, but he does not absolve Cooke from blame entirely.
ImpactIn speaking to the media about the incident Karlsson said, "I refuse to believe that anyone would do that [on purpose],". But he later added, "I think the situation could have been prevented. I don't think it would have happened it if was another type of player." Seems to be a little contradiction here. In any event, there is now bad blood between these two teams now. Circle Monday April 22nd on your calendar. That is next time these two teams face it each other. We would make sure Chris Neil is active if you have him on your fantasy team.
Erik Karlsson knew injury was bad right away | 02/22/2013 11:36 AM
NewsErik Karlsson says he looked down at his leg after he was cut and knew he had torn his Achilles right away.
Senators on Twitter
ImpactKarlsson said Friday that he plans to return at 100 percent. The normal recovery time for a lacerated Achilles is at least six months, but it can take longer for the player to regain his old form. Karlsson also said he hasn't returned a text message from Matt Cooke, whose skate was responsible for the injury. "He knows exactly what he's doing out there. And that's why I'm sitting here in a cast," Karlsson said Friday.
Erik Karlsson faces six-month recovery time | 02/15/2013 11:58 AM
NewsErik Karlsson will likely need at least six months to fully recover following surgery to repair his lacerated Achilles tendon.
ImpactThe success rate is very high, but based on past recovery times for hockey players, six months seems to be the time table. It took Sami Salo six months and two weeks to recover following his in July 2011 and Teemu Selanna about that amount of time in January 1994 when he had it done. The good news, obviously, is that once recovered, it hasn't seemed to negatively affect a player's career.
Erik Karlsson (Achilles) out 3-4 months | 02/14/2013 2:18 PM
NewsOttawa GM Bryan Murray announced Thursday that Erik Karlsson is expected to miss three to four months after he underwent surgery to repair a 70-percent tear in his Achilles.
ImpactHis absence will leave a gaping hole on the team's blueline. Karlsson had been averaging 27:03 of ice time per game this season. The Senators defenseman and reigning Norris Trophy winner was off to a strong start with six goals, 10 points and a plus-6 rating in 14 games. He is also the NHL shot leader with a whopping total of 63.
Karlsson severs Achilles, out indefinitely | 02/13/2013 10:48 PM
NewsErik Karlsson has sustained a laceration to his left Achilles and will be out indefinitely.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactLast year's Norris Trophy winner will need surgery, and it's highly unlikely that he'll play again this season. It's a massive blow to the Senators and fantasy owners alike. Karlsson was injured when Matt Cooke's skate contacted him as the two players battled along the boards Wednesday night. The Sens will now be without two of their best players: Karlsson and Jason Spezza. Milan Michalek also missed Wednesday's game with a lower body injury.
Erik Karlsson leaves with cut to leg | 02/13/2013 10:09 PM
NewsErik Karlsson departed Wednesday's game due to a cut that seemed to be caused by taking a skate to the back of his left leg.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactMatt Cooke's skate contacted him below the calf but just above the heel. Karlsson was limping badly and needed to be helped off the ice. He will not return.
Erik Karlsson scores first SHG Tuesday night | 02/12/2013 11:15 PM
NewsErik Karlsson scored the first shorthanded goal of his career and it held up as the game-winning tally in Ottawa's 2-0 victory against Buffalo.
ImpactThe offensive dynamo fired nine shots at Ryan Miller in the contest. Karlsson was the NHL's shot leader going into the night with a jaw-dropping total of 53 in only 12 games. He also logged over 27 minutes versus Buffalo. He just does it all and is the best defenseman to own in fantasy hockey. Erik Condra had Ottawa's other goal in the match.
Erik Karlsson is logging heavy minutes | 02/07/2013 10:10 AM
NewsErik Karlsson has topped 30 minutes of ice time in each of his last two games.
ImpactHe played 32:08 against Montreal on Sunday and he spent 31:15 on the ice during Tuesday's game versus Buffalo. Karlsson is currently third in the league in average ice time per contest at 28:17. The mobile defenseman has been leaned on heavily 10 games into the 2013 season and he has responded with four goals, four assists, 39 shots and a plus-5 rating. Karlsson said he feels great but the Senators may want to make sure they don't tire him out as the campaign progresses.
Erik Karlsson scores in win over Sabres | 02/06/2013 12:01 AM
NewsErik Karlsson netted his fourth goal of the season in a 4-3 win over Buffalo Tuesday night.
ImpactKarlsson is the clear top dog among NHL blue liners in terms of fantasy value and his eight points in 10 games have him nearly matching his exceptional pace of last season. Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil and Chris Phillips also recorded markers in the winning effort.
Erik Karlsson has four shots in loss | 02/01/2013 10:48 PM
NewsErik Karlsson had four shots on goal in Ottawa's 1-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday night.
ImpactThe defenseman also was a minus-one and had two penalty minutes, while playing a game-high 29:03. It was a rare off game for the stud blueliner who has seven points on the year.
Erik Karlsson continues dominance | 01/25/2013 6:22 AM
NewsErik Karlsson scored a goal Thursday as the Senators cruised to a 3-1 win over Florida.
ImpactWith his play early on, Karlsson is proving why he was the Norris Trophy winner last season and why he's the odds-on favorite to lead all defensemen in scoring and perhaps take the award home again this year. Jason Spezza also found the back of the net for the first time this season in the win, as did veteran Chris Phillips. Marc Methot picked up a pair of assists.
Karlsson doesn't feel comfortable in opener | 01/21/2013 10:54 AM
NewsErik Karlsson didn't feel comfortable in Ottawa's season opener, but you would have never known by looking at the scoresheet.
ImpactKarlsson had a goal and two assists in Saturday's 4-1 win over Winnipeg. "Hopefully, I'll feel way better (Monday) and try to get better as we go along," Karlsson said. "The puck wasn't really my best friend, obviously. That's the way it is sometimes. Obviously, I need to work on a few things to get the motion back, and just the flow in the game. Hopefully it won't be an issue." Senators coach Paul MacLean echoed Karlsson's assessment and said that he didn't think the Norris Trophy winning defenseman played particularly well. Either way, Karlsson should be one of the top fantasy blueliners this season.
Erik Karlsson should re-adjust quickly to NHL | 01/10/2013 11:32 AM
NewsErik Karlsson thinks it might take a little time to get used to playing on the smaller ice surface again following his lockout stint with Jokerit in Finland.
Impact"Maybe I will be in some of the hits of the week ... not the ones that I give, but the ones that I take," he said, with a laugh. "I should be accustomed to it, I've played here for three years. It's nice to be back and you want to get going as soon as possible. You try to get back to the routines you had when you left. When the season starts, it's go time and everybody's got to be prepared and ready to go." Karlsson was excellent in the SM-lliga, while netting nine goals and posting 34 points in 30 games. He was the top offensive defenseman in the league last year and stands a good chance to lead all rearguards in scoring again in the shortened season.
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||49||15||34||49||-||78||-||-||-||-||-||1.00|
|Swe U18||Total||Swe U18||5||1||3||4||-||35||-||-||-||-||-||0.80|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||5||1||0||1||-||4||-||-||-||-||-||0.20|
|Swe U18||Total||Swe U18||2||0||1||1||-||10||-||-||-||-||-||0.50|
|Goals||1||6 times-last:vs. Buf||last:Feb 12||2|
|Assists||2||3 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 28||3|
|Points||3||at Wpg||Jan 19||4|
|Penalty Minutes||2||4 times-last:at Mtl||last:Feb 3||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 28||5|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Buf||last:Feb 5||1|
|Power Play Points||1||4 times-last:at Wsh||last:Apr 25||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||vs. Buf||Feb 12||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||vs. Buf||Feb 12||0|
|Shots||11||vs. Car||Feb 7||10|
|Penalty Minutes||50||2010-11 (Ott)|
|Power Play Goals||4||2010-11 (Ott)|
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