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Erik Karlsson | Defenseman

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180
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Erik Karlsson logged a season-high 34:02 of ice time in Monday's 5-4 shootout loss to Buffalo.
He saw 8:30 of playing time on the power play alone during the match. "You certainly don't want to see it every game, that's for sure," said coach Dave Cameron. "But that's what happens when you fall behind and you have a lot of power play time. You end up chasing the game and shortening your bench a little quicker." Karlsson didn't record a point in the contest, but he should end his three-game scoring skid soon. He'll continue to see heavy minutes for the Senators and he racks up shots like no other defenseman in the NHL does. Dec 17 - 10:48 AM

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Erik Karlsson will be looking to play better on Saturday afternoon than he did the last time he faced the Bruins.

In a November 1st 4-2 loss to Boston, Karlsson was on the ice for all four of the Bruins' even-strength goals and was minus four for the contest. Karlsson has not played well in his own zone this season and he has a deserved minus 12 rating, worst on the team, to show for it. The Sens are hoping their captain will pick up his game sooner rather than later.
Dec 13 - 10:52 AM

Erik Karlsson earned an assist on Ottawa's goal in a 2-1 loss to the Islanders on Thursday night.

He had the primary helper on Mika Zibanejad's power-play goal in the second period. Karlsson was credited with two shots and three blocks in a game-high 26:50 of ice time. He has two assists in his last five games to give him 18 points on the year.
Dec 5 - 9:28 AM

Erik Karlsson picked up a goal and an assist in the Ottawa Senators' 4-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings Monday night.

Karlsson now has six goals and 10 assists for the season. Forward Kyle Turris also had a goal and an assist for Ottawa Monday, his fourth and 10th of the season, respectively. Chris Neil (third) produced the Sens' other goal.
Nov 24 - 11:13 PM

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson finally scored a goal after going eight games without a tally, but the St. Louis Blues won 3-2 on Saturday.

The 24-year-old is now on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). It's odd to call 14 points in 19 games for a defenseman a "disappointment" but it almost feels that way for the fantastic scoring blueliner.
Nov 22 - 5:55 PM

Erik Karlsson was integral to the Senators attack Tuesday as they defeated Detroit by a score of 3-1.

Karlsson picked up his fourth goal of the campaign in the victory, giving him nine points in 11 contests for the year. Though his plus/minus could be an issue all season, there's no reason to expect anything but premium offensive figures from the Norris Trophy candidate. Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch also scored for Ottawa in the win.
Nov 5 - 12:44 AM

Erik Karlsson was on the ice for all four even-strength goals against in the Senators' 4-2 loss to Boston Saturday night.

Ouch! The Sens' captain was a minus four for the night. For as gifted as Karlsson is offensively, he does have a number of defensive lapses which hurts his plus/minus stats. It's all part of the package with Karlsson. That said, I don't know a fantasy GM who wouldn't love to have him on his/her team.
Nov 2 - 11:00 AM

Erik Karlsson notched a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 5-2 win over Columbus Tuesday night.

The Senators captain also had five shots in the contest to give him 40 on the year, which ranks fifth in the league and leads all defensemen. Karlsson has three goals and seven points in eight games.
Oct 29 - 11:18 AM

Erik Karlsson scored his first goal of the season in the Senators’ 3-2 shootout victory over the Lightning on Saturday night.

The best fantasy defenseman in the game also had five shots on goal and a plus-one rating. He’ll look to record a third 70-plus-point season and his second straight 20-goal season. Mark Stone got the other goal. Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris and Alex Chiasson recorded assists.
Oct 11 - 10:37 PM

Newly minted Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson is already giving back to the fans.

"I just purchased 1000 C's to give away to the first 1000 fans that have already bought my jersey. Go to the sens store starting Tuesday," he tweeted. "Felt like I wanted to give something back to our amazing fans before opening night in Ottawa." As sweet a gesture from a player to the fans as you'll ever see. Starting Oct. 14th, the first thousand fans with a licensed Karlsson jersey can get the C put on for free at the Canadian Tire Centre Sens Store.
Source: Chris Lund
Oct 11 - 12:12 AM

Erik Karlsson has been named the ninth captain of the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa is hoping that Karlsson, 24, will serve in that role for many years to come. The Senators' long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson left the team in the summer of 2013 to sign with Detroit and then his replacement, Jason Spezza, demanded a trade less than a year later. Karlsson has emerged as one of the top offensive defensemen in the league and won the Norris Trophy in 2012.
Oct 2 - 9:38 AM

The Ottawa Senators will be looking for more defensively from Erik Karlsson this season.

The offensive defender can rack up points like a forward, but he has been criticized for his work in his own end. Much of that last season was blamed on his recovery from an Achilles injury, but he feels better going into 2014-15. "It's obvious, (weak defense) was probably our main concern last year and the thing we couldn't really figure out and something we're going to try and address as soon as the season starts," Karlsson said. "We all know it, we're all professionals, we’ve been around and that's one of the things we need to improve in our game to be successful." Karlsson logs big minutes for the Senators and the team needs him to play responsibly in all zones.
Sep 18 - 10:33 AM

Erik Karlsson wouldn't be offended if he didn't get Ottawa's captaincy.

"Whether it's me or somebody else, it's good for the organization," he said. "Whoever gets that is going to do a great job. We're a tight group. Everyone on the team has shown they want to take responsibility. I'm a big part of that and I want to be." The 24-year-old defenseman led the Senators in scoring last season, but there's some concern if he's ready to take on a leadership role. Karlsson said he feels fresh this season and he's excited to get back to the level he was at before his Achilles injury.
Aug 19 - 10:11 AM

With Jason Spezza expected to be traded at some point, the Ottawa Senators' next captain could be defenseman Erik Karlsson.

The 24-year-old still has some growing to do on and off the ice, but becoming a leader on the team might help speed up the process. Karlsson was excellent offensively in 2013-14, with 20 goals and 74 points in 82 games, but he defensive play still suffers at times and coach Paul MacLean described it as "shoddy" a few weeks ago.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 23 - 8:25 AM

Although he registered an extremely impressive 74 points this season to lead all defencemen in scoring, Erik Karlsson was criticized by his coach Paul MacLean for his defensive play.

MacLean attributed some of Karlsson's sub-standard play to his recovery from an Achilles injury but he didn't let Karlsson off the hook entirely. "Offensively, he's gifted. Defensively, his competitiveness was hampered by his continuous recovery from his Achilles tendon injury he had last year," MacLean said. "He's not a big guy so he has to depend on his skating ability and stability on his skates and he didn't have a lot of confidence in that. In saying that, it can't be an excuse for some of the shoddy play he had during the season. He is our best player and moving forward he's going to be an important part of what we do." It will be interesting to see if Karlsson reacts positively to this tough love approach.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 10 - 11:12 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Kyle Turris
2David Legwand
3Mika Zibanejad
4Zack Smith
5Curtis Lazar
6Jean-Gabriel Pageau
LW1Clarke MacArthur
2Milan Michalek
3Mike Hoffman
4Colin Greening
RW1Bobby Ryan
2Alex Chiasson
3Mark Stone
4Chris Neil
5Erik Condra
D1Erik Karlsson
2Marc Methot
3Jared Cowen
4Cody Ceci
5Chris Phillips
6Patrick Wiercioch
7Eric Gryba
8Mark Borowiecki
G1Craig Anderson
2Robin Lehner