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Erik Karlsson | Defenseman | #65

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 191
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (15) / OTT
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Erik Karlsson scored his first goal of the World Cup during Team Sweden's 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe in Sunday's semi-final.
Karlsson knotted the game at two late in the third period with a shrewd shot through traffic. He went on to skate a team-high 22:52 with three shots on net plus both a hit and a block. He has a goal and four points in four games. Sep 25 - 4:15 PM

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The upcoming World Cup has forced Erik Karlsson to change things up when it comes to his off-season workouts.

The World Cup will force players to play competitive games sooner than they're used to, so the off-season preparation of every player participating will change. "It definitely changes things up and it’s nice when you change sometimes," said Karlsson. "It has been a good summer and it feels good right now. And for the guys going to the World Cup, they’re going to be a step ahead of the guys going to (NHL) training camps." Karlsson will represent Sweden in the tournament.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 24 - 10:10 AM

Erik Karlsson had a positive meeting with new bench boss Guy Boucher.

"We had a lengthy meeting about a number of things," Karlsson said. "It was good. It was good to finally see him, and hear his thoughts, and maybe that’s why I’m so excited right now." Karlsson reached out to those who knew Boucher from his days as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for information. He noted that Victor Hedman spoke highly of Boucher.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 8 - 9:01 AM

Erik Karlsson will be the only Ottawa Senator to play in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Karlsson, will of course skate for Sweden in the tourney that is slated to begin on September 17th. Mark Stone, a standout at the recently completed IIHF World Championships, was hoping for an invite from Canada that never came.
May 28 - 9:41 AM

The Ottawa Senators were part of the draft lottery on Saturday night, and GM Pierre Dorion said he doesn't want to be there again.

The Senators had a slim 2.5 percent chance to land the top pick. They didn't win the lottery and will instead stay in the 12 spot. "It was a good day," Dorion said. "You have to be realistic: With a 2.5% chance of winning, we went in there, we didn’t drop down, which is a really good thing and we didn’t want to pick at unlucky No. 13. "Unfortunately, it’s a result of us not having a good season, I wanted to tell (CBC host) George Stroumboulopoulos, I’m coming here and it’s a one-and-done for me. Hopefully we don’t have to go through this next year. I don’t foresee us going through this next year."
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 1 - 10:30 AM

Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson has been nominated once again.

The trophy is awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position. Karlsson, the defending Norris Trophy winner, had his best campaign yet this season. He set personal and Ottawa Senators records from the blue line with 66 assists and 82 points over all 82 games, along with 84 hits and 175 blocks. Karlsson led all defenders in assists and points this season, and ranked fourth-best among blue liners with a 7.2 Corsi relative percentage.
Apr 29 - 8:37 PM

Eugene Melnyk will consider anything and everything that'll make his Ottawa Senators better.

Which apparently includes not having anyone as a proverbial untouchable. When asked by Sportsnet's Tim and Sid on Tuesday if he'd consider anyone on the roster untouchable, Melnyk responded "no." When speaking about his front office and new GM Pierre Dorion the Senators' owner went on to say, "That's what they're paid (to do) and that's what they know how to do much better than I ever will." It's highly unlikely that Erik Karlsson will ever be moved, but he'd certainly accumulate the most bountiful haul.
Apr 12 - 8:58 PM

With his assist during Saturday's 6-1 win over Boston, Erik Karlsson collected his first career point-per-game campaign.

Karlsson also ends the season with a career best 66 assists and 82 points across all 82 games. It's tough to argue there are any defenders better than him right now.
Apr 9 - 3:53 PM

Erik Karlsson potted his 100th career goal on Tuesday night.

It was his 16th marker of the season and his 80th point in 80 games. There isn't a better offensive defender in the NHL than Karlsson.
Apr 6 - 10:29 AM

Erik Karlsson set a new career high in points during Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Karlsson is now up to 80 points thanks to his 16th goal of the season. He has points in three straight and four of his last five as well. Or one every single game, on average. Wow.
Apr 6 - 1:16 AM

Erik Karlsson notched a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over Minnesota.

He opened the scoring in the second period with his 15th tally of the year. Karlsson leads all defensemen in scoring with 78 points and he ranks fourth overall in points. If he gets another point then it will be a new career high for the talented blueliner.
Apr 1 - 9:05 AM

Erik Karlsson scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to Anaheim on Saturday.

Mike Hoffman and Chris Neil each found the back of the net for Ottawa as well. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, Bobby Ryan, Nick Paul, and Mika Zibanejad all registered an assist Saturday night.
Mar 26 - 10:30 PM

Erik Karlsson had an assist in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders Wednesday night.

That was Karlsson's 75th point in 75 games. That's one more point than he had in 2014-15 and he's three shy of his career-high, set in 2011-12. Barring a stunning finish from Brent Burns, Karlsson will win the defensemen scoring title for the third straight year.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Mar 24 - 11:21 AM

Erik Karlsson scored a goal and three points in Tuesday's 3-2 OT win over the Minnesota Wild.

Karlsson found the back of the net in overtime to give Ottawa the win. He also set up Mike Hoffman's second period goal and Mika Zibanejad's goal in the third period. The 25-year-old has put up five points in his last three games. He has 13 goals and an incredible 73 points in 71 games this season.
Mar 15 - 10:41 PM

Erik Karlsson had not registered a point in the Senators' last four games before scoring Thursday night.

For most players that wouldn't be a catastrophe, however Karlsson is not like most players. He had not had a pointless streak of more than four games since December 2010, over five seasons ago.
Mar 12 - 9:03 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Derick Brassard
2Kyle Turris
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Zack Smith
5Chris Kelly
6Curtis Lazar
7Logan Brown
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Clarke MacArthur
3Ryan Dzingel
4Nick Paul
5Matt Puempel
RW1Bobby Ryan
2Mark Stone
3Chris Neil
4Buddy Robinson
5Michael Blunden
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Marc Methot
4Cody Ceci
5Mark Borowiecki
6Chris Wideman
7Fredrik Claesson
G1Craig Anderson
2Andrew Hammond