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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 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

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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

As expected, Erik Karlsson (lower body) will suit up in Game 5 against the Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Sens head coach Guy Boucher has been saying this all along, so it isn't really a surprise. Karlsson didn't play in the third period of Game 4, but it sounds like that was only because his team was down by three goals heading into the final 20 minutes of play. The Sens need Karlsson to be all-world if they want to advance to the third round of the playoffs. The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.
May 6 - 12:23 PM

Erik Karlsson (lower body) is expected to play in Game 5, per Senators coach Guy Boucher.

Karlsson was shaken up towards the end of the second period of Thursday's contest and left the game as a result. Boucher said afterwards that Karlsson could have returned if needed, so it's not surprising that he'll be available on Saturday.
May 5 - 1:28 PM

Sens coach Guy Boucher said Erik Karlsson (lower body) could have returned to Game 4 if they needed him to.

Karlsson was shaken up near the end of the second period. With his team looking lifeless and trailing 3-0 at the time, there was no reason for them to throw him back onto the ice. Karlsson's been playing through a foot issue in these playoffs, but that hasn't stopped him from performing at a high level. It sounds like Ottawa dodged a bullet here. He should be good to go for Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.
May 4 - 10:48 PM

Erik Karlsson left Game 4 against the Rangers on Thursday night.

Karlsson was shaken up right at the end of the second period after he tripped over Rangers forward J.T. Miller. He was also slow to get up after he fell over Chris Kreider a little earlier in the middle frame. Karlsson was clearly in some discomfort as he was skating off the ice. The Sens captain didn't come out for the start of the third period, but it's unclear if that's because the injury is preventing him from playing, or if Ottawa is just being cautious because they were trailing by three goals heading into the final frame. Losing Karlsson for any amount of time would be devastating for the Senators. We'll provide an update on Karlsson's status as soon as the Sens make one available. You can watch the play by clicking the link below.
May 4 - 10:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Kyle Turris
2Derick Brassard
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Nate Thompson
5Colin White
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Zack Smith
3Clarke MacArthur
4Ryan Dzingel
5Nick Paul
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Alex Burrows
4Tom Pyatt
5Christopher DiDomenico
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Cody Ceci
4Fredrik Claesson
5Mark Borowiecki
6Johnny Oduya
7Chris Wideman
8Thomas Chabot
9Ben Harpur
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon
3Andrew Hammond