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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

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Erik Karlsson looked very good in his first skate of training camp Saturday morning.
Karlsson, who is recovering from surgery to repair tendons in his foot, could be ready to start the season on time. Initially, the prognosis was that the superstar defenseman would miss a few weeks. Stay tuned for further updates. Sep 23 - 11:04 AM

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Coach Guy Boucher doesn't expect to have Erik Karlsson (foot) in the lineup at the start of the season.

Karlsson hasn't resumed skating yet. "I just told them to tell me when he's going to be ready for a real practice," coach Guy Boucher said Thursday. "Before that, to be honest with you, I don't know. I don't know when he's planning to skate but at some point he will go on. I'm pretty sure it won't be in three weeks, but when? Let's wait and see when he's able to skate for real. If he's skating, just to go on and put some skates on, that’s not really the interest right now for me. Anything that's positive for Erik would be great but at the same time I don't want to get too ahead of myself and hope he's back in a week. I'm expecting a long process — anything in between is a bonus."
Sep 22 - 8:36 AM

Erik Karlsson (foot) will not rush himself back before he is 100 percent healthy.

Karlsson doesn't want to risk further injury to his surgically-repaired foot and he is prepared to sit until it isn't an issue anymore. The Senators captain said he is prepared to sit until November if that's how long it takes. Karlsson isn't worried about how his recovery is going right now, but it may be another two weeks before he resumes skating.
Sep 11 - 11:53 AM

Erik Karlsson, who had surgery after playing through torn tendons in his left foot during the playoffs, hasn't resumed skating yet.

It's not clear when he'll be able to either. "It’s going to be a while," Karlsson said with regard to when he can play. "We’ll see when I can start skating again. We don’t have a timeline for that, either. I think once I do that, we will know a little bit more clearly when I’ll be able to play again." With training camp just around the corner it wouldn't be surprising if Karlsson isn't initially available for practices or scrimmages. We'll have to wait and see if he's good to play at the start of the season, but given that he's spent his summer recovering, there should be some level of concern about him underperforming even if he can play.
Sep 6 - 5:04 PM

Erik Karlsson says he doesn't regret playing through a foot injury during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Karlsson was still able to play at a high level despite having torn tendons in his left foot. The Sens captain underwent surgery last Wednesday to fix the problem. "Looking back, I feel a lot better now," said Karlsson. "At the time, it was manageable and something obviously I could play through and play up to the standards that I thought I needed to be able to play and contribute for the team. At the end of the day, I’m paying the price for it now but looking back, it’s not something I regret." Ottawa was eventually bounced by the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final. The Senators are hopeful that Karlsson will be ready for the start of next season.
Jun 20 - 11:03 PM

Erik Karlsson underwent surgery Wednesday to repair torn tendons in his left foot.

Karlsson dealt with foot issues throughout the playoffs. He played through muscle damage and hairline fractures in his ankle. "Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, N.C, to repair torn tendons in his left foot," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "The tears, which occurred during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, were found during an MRI as part of an extensive medical evaluation following the season." Karlsson's recovery time is expected to be four months and Ottawa is hopeful that he will be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Jun 14 - 5:19 PM

Erik Karlsson had muscle damage as well as hairline fractures in his left ankle during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"For him to play at the level that he did this year was really something quite spectacular," GM Pierre Dorion said. Karlsson expects to make a full recovery over the summer.
May 29 - 6:04 PM

Erik Karlsson revealed he will deal with his injured foot next week and expects to make a full recovery.

Karlsson will have an MRI and X-rays done. You wouldn't know with the way he was playing, but Karlsson revealed earlier in the postseason that he was playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel. Hard to believe that a two-time Norris trophy winner needed a coming out party, but this past playoff run really cemented his status as the best defensemen in the NHL.
May 27 - 5:21 PM

Erik Karlsson registered a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 double overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The loss officially puts an end to Ottawa's playoff run. Karlsson picked up the primary assists on goals by Mark Stone (1-1) and Ryan Dzingel (2-2). The Sens captain finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal and one hit in 39:33 of ice time. He finishes the postseason with two goals and an incredible 18 points in 19 contests. Karlsson did everything he could to get the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, but in the end, his team came up one goal short.
May 26 - 12:15 AM

Erik Karlsson doesn't feel that his play has been limited because of an injury.

He didn't play for the final 25:55 of Game 5 against the Penguins, but said he didn't re-aggravate his foot injury. Karlsson admitted that he played through two hairline fractures in his left heel during Round 1. It's believed that he hasn't fully recovered from that issue. Karlsson, who has contributed just two assists in five games against the Penguins, will need to be at his best if the Senators want to avoid elimination on Tuesday night in Game 6.
May 23 - 6:00 PM

Erik Karlsson could have returned for the third period of Game 5, but Senators coach Guy Boucher opted to let him rest.

Boucher's decision made sense given that Ottawa was already down 5-0 through 40 minutes, so keeping Karlsson in the game wouldn't have turned the tide. Karlsson appeared to suffer a foot or ankle injury when he got tangled with Pittsburgh's Scott Wilson in the second period. Karlsson left the game immediately after that incident, but he's expected to be fine for Game 6.
May 21 - 6:20 PM

Erik Karlsson left Game 5 in the second period and didn't return for the start of the third.

Karlsson got tangled with Pittsburgh's Scott Wilson and appeared to hurt his foot or ankle in the process. It's not yet known how serious Karlsson's injury is, but keep in mind that Pittsburgh was already up 5-0 through 40 minutes, so even if Karlsson could return, it would make sense just to let him rest.
May 21 - 5:19 PM

Erik Karlsson has racked up 377:52 in time on ice during the playoffs.

That is the most of any skater in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Karlsson had six shots and a plus-1 rating in 30:34 of playing time in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final versus Pittsburgh. He has two goals and 11 assists in 13 contests.
May 15 - 6:33 PM

Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Rangers in Game 6.

The Senators are now moving on to the Eastern Conference Final and Karlsson was a big reason for that. Not only did he add the game-winner at the 15:53 mark of the second frame, he also picked up the primary assist on Mike Hoffman's first-period goal. Karlsson finished Game 6 with a plus-4 rating and three shots on goal in 28:44 of ice time. He picked up two goals and five assists in the six-game series against the Rangers (five of those points came in Game 5 and 6). The Senators will play the winner of the series between the Penguins and Capitals. Regardless of who wins that one, the Senators will go into the next round as heavy underdogs. Karlsson is up to two goals and 13 points in 12 games this postseason. He's averaging an incredible 28:57 of ice time during the playoffs.
May 9 - 10:20 PM

Erik Karlsson picked up three assists in Saturday's 5-4 OT win over the New York Rangers.

The Sens got another stellar performance from their captain, who's dealing with a broken bone in his foot. Karlsson registered assists on goals by Mike Hoffman (2-2), Derick Brassard (4-4) and Kyle Turris (5-4 winner in OT). Karlsson finished the game with a plus-3 rating, two penalty minutes, one shot on goal and two hits in 31:09 of ice time. The fact that he's playing on one foot makes these postseason performances even more incredible. Karlsson has one goal and 11 points in 11 playoff games. Ottawa leads the best-of-seven series 3-2. They're one win away from making it to the Eastern Conference Final.
May 6 - 7:25 PM

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C1Kyle Turris
2Derick Brassard
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Nate Thompson
5Colin White
6Logan Brown
7Filip Chlapik
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Zack Smith
3Clarke MacArthur
4Ryan Dzingel
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Alex Burrows
4Tom Pyatt
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Cody Ceci
4Fredrik Claesson
5Mark Borowiecki
6Johnny Oduya
7Thomas Chabot
8Chris Wideman
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon
3Andrew Hammond