Player Page

Erik Karlsson | Defenseman | #65

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 191
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (15) / OTT
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said Tuesday night that Erik Karlsson will not be traded at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Dorion and Senators owner Eugene Melnyk met with about 300 season ticket holders. Dorion made his intentions known that the team plans to offer Karlsson an eight-year contract extension on July 1. He has one more season left on his current deal and it's unclear if the Senators will be able to give him what he wants. Apr 11 - 9:18 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Erik Karlsson did not like the way he played for most of the 2017-18 season.

"After Christmas, I was able to play the way I wanted to play and unfortunately before then, I wasn't," Karlsson said. "That had a lot to do with why we weren't able to take ourselves out of the slump we were in. I don't think that I played at the level that I need to for this team to be successful at the time and that's something that's on me. I'm very disappointed about that and I'm going to make sure that's something that never happens again. This has been the toughest year of my career since I came here nine years ago — both professionally and personally. I'm going to try and learn from it and take away all the positives things." Despite some struggles, Karlsson still finished with nine goals and 63 points in 71 games. He certainly wasn't the sole reason behind Ottawa's struggles. It will be interesting to see if he's back with the Senators next year, as trade rumors could heat up again going into the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 10 - 9:20 AM

Erik Karlsson (personal) probably won't suit up in Saturday's season finale against the Boston Bruins.

Karlsson didn't join the Senators on their road trip to close out the year and it sounds like he won't play against Boston on Saturday. Assuming he doesn't play, he'll finish the season with nine goals, 62 points and a minus-25 rating in 71 games.
Apr 7 - 11:21 AM

Coach Guy Boucher doesn't expect Erik Karlsson (personal) to play this weekend.

Karlsson hasn't been ruled out for Ottawa's final two games of the regular season, but he is away from the team on personal leave. There was no word on his status Thursday. The Senators visit Pittsburgh on Friday and then play at Boston on Saturday.
Apr 6 - 10:39 AM

Erik Karlsson (personal) won't play on Wednesday.

Karlsson hasn't been ruled out for the Senators' final two games though. Whatever Karlsson decides to do is completely understandable. He's been taking time away from hockey to mourn the loss of his unborn son.
Apr 4 - 1:18 PM

Erik Karlsson (personal) hasn't been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Coach Guy Boucher said the decision to play will be up to the Senators captain. "I don't have that answer right now," Boucher said. "It's up to him. We've said that since the beginning and we want to respect that." Karlsson chose not to travel with the team to Buffalo ahead of Wednesday's contest. He is taking another personal leave to be with his wife, Melinda, after they lost of their unborn child on March 19. However, that doesn't mean he won't join the team at some point before the end of the season.
Apr 4 - 10:18 AM

Erik Karlsson has chosen to be his wife, Melinda, and their family following the loss of their unborn son.

Karlsson will not travel with Senators for their season-ending three-game road trip. It sounds like his season is over and he might have played in his final game with Ottawa on Monday night. Karlsson could be on the move this off-season if the Senators trade him. He can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Apr 3 - 6:37 PM

Erik Karlsson won't travel with the team on their upcoming road trip.

Ottawa plays three road games to end the regular season, starting with Wednesday's game against Buffalo. Karlsson shouldn't be expected to play against the Sabres and it's unclear at this time if he will play this weekend. He didn't skate on Tuesday with the Senators, so he could be away for personal reasons again, but details weren't provided. We'll keep you posted.
Apr 3 - 3:22 PM

Erik Karlsson contributed three assists in Monday's 6-5 loss to Winnipeg.

Karlsson may have played his last game as a member of the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. There's plenty of speculation that he could be traded this off-season. It was interesting to see him grab the puck at the end of Monday's game.
Apr 3 - 10:00 AM

The Ottawa Senators were shut out 2-0 by the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon.

It's another loss for the Senators who appear to be embracing the tank. Erik Karlsson finished the game with a game-high six shots and a minus-2 rating. The 27-year-old Swede sits at 59 points in 70 games this season.
Mar 31 - 4:47 PM

Erik Karlsson potted his ninth goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders.

Karlsson logged 30:16 of ice time in the contest. He finished the match with five shots and three blocks. Karlsson had sat out three of the team's previous four games for personal reasons.
Mar 28 - 10:27 AM

Erik Karlsson (personal) will be back in the lineup on Tuesday night.

Karlsson didn't play in Monday's match at Carolina to stay with his wife after the couple recently lost their unborn son. He has missed three of the last four games to grieve.
Mar 27 - 4:59 PM

Erik Karlsson (personal) won't be with the team on their trip to Raleigh to play against the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night.

Karlsson returned from a two-game absence on Saturday, but he will stay with his wife, Melinda, after they recently lost their unborn son. He earned an assist and logged 24:45 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes, but his mind is still with his family and that's where it should be. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 25 - 1:01 PM

Erik Karlsson will play in Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Karlsson hasn't suited up since he and his wife found out that they lost their unborn child earlier this week. The Senators will roll with seven defensemen tonight so that they could ease Karlsson back into the lineup.
Mar 24 - 11:45 AM

Erik Karlsson (personal) is on the ice with the Senators on Saturday morning.

Karlsson hasn't played (two games) since he and his wife found out that they lost their unborn child. It looks like there's a chance he could return to the lineup in Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Mar 24 - 11:05 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Jean-Gabriel Pageau
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Zack Smith
3Ryan Dzingel
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Tom Pyatt
6Clarke MacArthur
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Alex Burrows
4Marian Gaborik
5Max McCormick
D1Erik Karlsson
2Cody Ceci
3Mark Borowiecki
4Fredrik Claesson
5Thomas Chabot
6Chris Wideman
7Ben Harpur
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon