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Erik Karlsson | Defenseman

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
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Erik Karlsson believes Ottawa's second-half surge is what allowed him to win the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the league's top defenseman.
"It's a very special feeling" said Karlsson. "This would have never happened if we didn't go on that unbelievable run that we did and if we didn't have guys stepping up and playing the way they did. It wouldn't have allowed me to sit in the position I'm in today." The Senators captain generated seven goals and 25 points in his first 36 games prior to racking up 14 markers and 41 points in his final 46 contests. Jun 25 - 11:43 AM

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Erik Karlsson has won his second career Norris Trophy.

In 2014-15, Karlsson set a new career high in goals with 21 and recorded 66 points, which led all defenders. It was also his second consecutive season playing all 82 games. He now joins Duncan Keith as the only two active defensemen who've won the award multiple times, twice each. Karlsson last took home the Norris in 2012 as a break-out 21 year old.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 7:27 PM

Erik Karlsson won't play for Sweden at the World Championship because of a back issue.

He had muscle damage in his back, which required injections. It sounds like he's not participating in the tournament just to get some rest following the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 11:17 AM

Unfortunately for Team Sweden, 2014-15 Norris Trophy finalist Erik Karlsson will not be loaning his services for the World Hockey Championship in May.

As for why Karlsson, who led all NHL defenders with 66 points across all 82 games, is not playing, all that was revealed was simply that he is injured. If one was to infer further, the fact that no surgeries have been announced for him this summer suggests he merely needs time to rest and recover. So breath easy, Senators faithful.
Apr 28 - 6:12 PM

Erik Karlsson has been nominated for the Norris Trophy.

He led all blueliners with 21 goals and 66 points in 82 games this past season. Karlsson did plenty of damage on the power play, where he amassed 30 of his points. He also registered a whopping 292 shots, which ranked him fourth in the league. Karlsson finished with a plus-7 rating and he averaged 27:15 of ice time per match. He won the award in 2011-12.
Apr 27 - 6:49 PM

Erik Karlsson had a tremendous showing on Sunday in Ottawa's 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal in Game 3 of their first-round series.

He logged a team-leading 31:12 of ice time, where he earned an assist, four shots and six hits. Karlsson actively joined the rush to create scoring opportunities and he played a physical brand of hockey that observers rarely get to see from him.
Apr 20 - 11:40 AM

Erik Karlsson earned an assist Wednesday night in a 4-3 defeat to the Canadiens in the opening game of the teams' first-round playoff series.

Patrick Wiercioch had a pair of assists in the match after he had only 10 assists all season. Both defensemen got their assists on power-play goals by Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad. Ottawa also got a goal from Milan Michalek, who gave the Sens a 1-0 lead on a wrist shot at 12:25 of the first period. The Canadiens took leads of 2-1 and 3-2 and the Sens tied the game twice before Brian Flynn scored the game winner for Montreal at 17:17 of the third period.
Apr 15 - 11:16 PM

Erik Karlsson, who missed the last two days of practice, says he's "100%" ahead of Game One against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Karlsson had another fantastic season, scoring 21 goals and 66 points while averaging 27:11 a night through all 82 games. "It's going to be a fun experience," Karlsson said. "We both have great teams. We both have great goaltending. We both have great defense pairings and offensive power. It's going to be a great challenge for every player on the ice at all times."
Apr 14 - 7:01 PM

Erik Karlsson registered two assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Washington.

Karlsson assisted on Clarke MacArthur's goal at the 9:03 mark of the first period and he picked another point just 53 seconds later when he helped set up Mika Zibanejad's goal. The 24-year-old has been off the charts again this season. Karlsson has 28 points in his last 26 games and he has an overall stat line of 20 goals and 64 points in 78 games this season. Karlsson may just be the best offensive defenseman in the NHL.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Apr 5 - 10:45 AM

Erik Karlsson scored a goal in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Karlsson picked up a point in both of Ottawa's games this weekend but he was also a combined minus-3 in those contests. The 24-year-old played 27 minutes in the game and he finished with a minus-2 rating, and four shots on goal. Karlsson has 11 points in his last 10 games and he now hit the 20-goal mark in back-to-back seasons. He is arguably the best offensive defenseman in the game today. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the other goal for Ottawa.
Mar 29 - 8:54 PM

Erik Karlsson scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3 win over Toronto.

Karlsson was named the second star for his effort. The 24-year-old extended Ottawa's lead to 2-0 in the first period and he helped set up Kyle Turris' go-ahead goal in the second frame. Karlsson has 19 goals and 58 points in 71 games this season. He has eight points in his last six contests. He continues to be one of the elite defensemen in the NHL.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Mar 22 - 11:21 AM

Erik Karlsson assisted on both Ottawa goals Tuesday as the Senators dumped Carolina in overtime by a score of 2-1.

With the two points, the offensive-minded blueliner extended his NHL lead in defenseman scoring to four points over Pittsburgh's Kris Letang. As has been the case for a few seasons, Karlsson is one of the best fantasy blueliners in the game. Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Stone both scored goals for the Senators in the win.
Mar 17 - 10:05 PM

Erik Karlsson helped Ottawa rally from a 2-0 deficit to record a 5-2 win over Montreal on Thursday night.

He notched two goals and one assist against the Canadiens to give him 18 markers and 53 points in 66 games on the year. Karlsson leads all defensemen in scoring now and he's fifth in the NHL in shots on goal with 239.
Mar 13 - 9:15 AM

Erik Karlsson has scored 14 points in his last 11 games with the Senators.

The Senators are on a roll and they have put themselves back in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa is on a 9-1-2 stretch and they trail the Bruins by five points in the standings. The 24-year-old has 16 goals and 50 points in 63 games this season. Karlsson is on pace to score 21 goals and 65 points in 2014-15. "When Erik’s on his game, everyone seems to react to that in a positive way and he makes everybody better player," says defence partner Marc Methot. "He makes me a better player. I love playing with him. When Erik is firing on all cylinders, so to speak, he gives us a great chance to win every night."
Mar 8 - 10:23 AM

Erik Karlsson scored a goal in Ottawa's 3-2 victory over Buffalo Friday night.

It was Karlsson's 16th marker and 50th point in 63 games this season. Excluding the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign, Karlsson has now reached the 50-point milestone for three straight seasons. He's also tied with Pittsburgh's Kris Letang for the scoring lead among defensemen with 50.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Mar 7 - 10:54 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Kyle Turris
2Mika Zibanejad
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Zack Smith
5Curtis Lazar
6Eric O'Dell
LW1Clarke MacArthur
2Mike Hoffman
3Milan Michalek
4Colin Greening
5Matt Puempel
RW1Bobby Ryan
2Mark Stone
3Alex Chiasson
4Chris Neil
D1Erik Karlsson
2Marc Methot
3Jared Cowen
4Mark Borowiecki
5Cody Ceci
6Patrick Wiercioch
7Chris Phillips
G1Craig Anderson
2Andrew Hammond