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William Karlsson | Center | #25

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/8/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 180
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (53) / ANA
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William Karlsson has signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Karlsson had nine goals and 20 points in 81 contests in 2015-16. The 23-year-old is coming off of his entry-level contract and this deal has the potential to be a bridge towards a more long-term contract if he continues to develop. Jun 23 - 4:25 PM

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Coach John Tortorella is looking for more offense out of William Karlsson.

Tortorella is pleased with most parts of Karlsson's game but his lack of scoring has the coach concerned. Tortorella moved Brandon Saad to his wing on Friday as Matt Calvert remained on the other side. "I just have to go out there and be confident and make plays" Karlsson said. "I need to try to be creative and not be scared (to take chances). Being on the power play is obviously going to increase my chances. Hopefully I’ll do a good job." Karlsson is also seeing time on the power play and will continue to do so as per Tortorella. Karlsson has eight goals and 17 points in 64 games but could pick it up a bit down the stretch.
Mar 5 - 8:05 AM

William Karlsson scored a goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

The goal put an end to Karlsson's 20-game goalless drought. Jack Johnson registered the only assist on the first period goal. Karlsson has four goals, seven points and a minus-20 rating in 43 games.
Jan 12 - 10:01 PM

William Karlsson scored twice in Columbus' 5-2 victory versus Arizona Saturday night.

Boone Jenner had a goal and two assists, giving him 13 points in 18 games this season. Ryan Johansen had his second goal and 10th assist in 2015-16. Brandon Saad scored at 15:18 of the third period to pad the lead. Jack Johnson assisted on two of the Blue Jackets' five markers.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 12:08:00 AM

William Karlsson had a tough night in his seasonal debut Saturday.

Karlsson won only two of 11 faceoffs and was a minus-four in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers. He was joined in the minus department by linemate Cam Atkinson who was also minus-four. Karlsson was acquired by Columbus from Anaheim at the trade deadline last season. He could find himself back in the press box after Saturday's showing.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 07:29:00 AM

William Karlsson will draw into the Columbus lineup on Saturday.

Karlsson will take the place of Alexander Wennberg who was concussed after taking a hit from the Rangers Chris Kreider to the head. Karlsson impressed coach Todd Richards with his shot blocking ability during the pre-season so he will likely kill penalties in addition to his role as a bottom-six forward.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 07:21:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that forward William Karlsson has made their 23-man roster.

"The other thing that sticks out for me in this camp is that he’s had some big blocked shots," coach Todd Richards said. "We put him on the penalty kill and he’s right in front of his guy, eating pucks. When you sit on the bench and watch that, it’s part of a culture thing you want on your team, that sacrifice, that courage to do it." Karlsson, 22, played in 21 NHL games last season with the Duck and Blue Jackets. He was acquired by the Blue Jackets in the deal that sent James Wisniewski to Anaheim. He doesn't offer much fantasy upside this season.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 09:23:00 PM

William Karlsson scored a goal and three assists in Friday's 6-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Karlsson picked up assists on goals scored by Dean Kukan in the first period, Oliver Bjorkstrand's second and third period goals. Karlsson added a goal of his own in the second period. The 22-year-old had 24 points in 52 games in the AHL last season and five points in 21 games in the NHL. He should develop into regular NHL player but there isn't much fantasy upside this upcoming season.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 09:41:00 PM

Although William Karlsson was sent to the minors, he can consider his brief NHL stint to be a success.

Karlsson had a goal and an assist in three contests during his latest NHL stint. "I told him this morning that he came in and did a good job," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "He made a good first impression. A smart player who plays a 200-foot game. You can see the ability, the talent." Anaheim acquired Karlsson from Anaheim on March 2 as part of the James Wisniweski trade.
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 09:46:00 AM

William Karlsson has been returned to the minors.

He had a goal and an assist in three games with the Blue Jackets during his first stint with the team.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 12:51:00 PM

William Karlsson scored his first goal Saturday as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The forward was dealt to Columbus as part of the James Wisniewski trade. He had two goals for the Ducks in 18 games. The 22-year-old second round pick of the 2011 draft will have a good shot at cracking the Columbus lineup next season but his fantasy value may be negligible.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 08:27:00 AM

William Karlsson will make his Columbus Blue Jackets debut on Tuesday.

Karlsson was acquired by Columbus in the James Wisniewski trade. He will help fill the void left by Rene Bourque, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Karlsson had two goals and three points in 18 games with Anaheim in 2014-15.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Columbus has called up William Karlsson on an emergency basis.

Karlsson was sent to the Blue Jackets in the James Wisniewski deal at the trade deadline. He posted two goals and one assist in 18 games with the Ducks prior to the move. Karlsson hasn't played for the Jackets yet, but his debut could come against his former Anaheim teammates on Tuesday night.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 06:19:00 PM

William Karlsson has been acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus got Karlsson as part of the James Wisniweski trade. He has two goals and three points in 18 games with Anaheim in 2014-15. He also has seven goals and 21 points in 34 AHL contests.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 03:45:00 PM

William Karlsson has been returned to the minors.

He has two goals and one assist in 18 games with Anaheim this season. He appeared in one game with the Ducks during his latest NHL stint.
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 03:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Brandon Dubinsky
2Alexander Wennberg
3William Karlsson
4Gregory Campbell
5Michael Chaput
LW1Boone Jenner
2Scott Hartnell
3Matt Calvert
4Rene Bourque
5Brett Gallant
RW1Brandon Saad
2Nick Foligno
3Cam Atkinson
4Jared Boll
5David Clarkson
D1Jack Johnson
2David Savard
3Ryan Murray
4Seth Jones
5Fedor Tyutin
6Cody Goloubef
7Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney