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William Karlsson | Center | #71

Team: Vegas Golden Knights
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/8/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 189
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (53) / ANA

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The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired William Karlsson, David Clarkson, a 2017 first-round pick, and a 2019 second-round selection from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Karlsson was the actual expansion draft pick and Clarkson was included so that the Blue Jackets could shed an expensive contract. For Vegas the main allure here is the picks, but Karlsson can contribute. He had six goals and 25 points in 81 games last season and he at the age of 24 he still has some room to grow. Jun 21 - 10:22 PM

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William Karlsson scored a goal and registered an assist in Columbus' 5-4 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Those were Karlsson's first career playoff points in his fourth game. He had six goals and 25 points in 81 contests in the regular season. His efforts helped keep Columbus alive as the team was down 3-0 in the series going into this game.
Apr 19 - 10:14 AM

William Karlsson moved up the depth chart on Sunday as he took over for the injured Alexander Wennberg.

Wennberg suffered what may be a concussion on Saturday and was unable to play on Sunday so Karlsson played alongside Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nick Foligno. The line was held off the scoresheet but it should give Karlsson, who has six goals and 24 points in 70 games, a bit of a boost in fantasy value.
Mar 20 - 7:23 AM

William Karlsson (illness) returned to action on Thursday March 2.

Karlsson missed Tuesday's contest as a result of the sickness. He had 12:17 minutes of ice time in his return.
Mar 3 - 5:01 AM

William Karlsson (illness) won't face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Karlsson didn't participate in the morning skate this morning. It's the first game he misses all year. We'll consider him day-to-day for now. Dalton Prout will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday night.
Feb 28 - 7:30 PM

William Karlsson recorded an assist in a 4-3 loss to Nashville on Thursday.

Karlsson has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has six goals and 17 points in 48 contests this season.
Jan 27 - 10:08 AM

William Karlsson scored his first NHL power play goal Tuesday.

The forward is more known for his defensive play, especially killing penalties but he picked up some power play time and quickly converted. He has six goals and 13 points and like everyone else (or so it seems) on the Blue Jackets, he has an excellent plus/minus at plus-10. For the record, it was his 138th career NHL contest.
Jan 4 - 8:03 AM

William Karlsson picked up a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Karlsson opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 16:34 mark of the first period. He also helped set up Matt Calvert's game-winning goal, which was scored shorthanded. Karlsson finished the game with a plus-1 rating, three shots on goal and two giveaways in 14:34 of ice time. The 23-year-old is currently riding a three-game point streak. He's accumulated three goals and five assists in 15 games.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 11:09:00 PM

William Karlsson recorded two assists in Columbus' 10-0 victory over Montreal Friday night.

It was Karlsson's first multi-point game since Feb. 11. He has a goal and four points in nine games this season.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 10:35:00 AM

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.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 04:25:00 PM

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.
Sat, Mar 5, 2016 08:05:00 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.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 10:01:00 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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Vadim Shipachyov
2Cody Eakin
3Erik Haula
4William Karlsson
5Tomas Nosek
6Reid Duke
7Mikhail Grabovski
LW1David Perron
2Oscar Lindberg
3Jonathan Marchessault
4Teemu Pulkkinen
5William Carrier
6Tomas Hyka
RW1James Neal
2Reilly Smith
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4Brendan Leipsic
5Alex Tuch
6David Clarkson
D1Nate Schmidt
2Jason Garrison
3Shea Theodore
4Colin Miller
5Brayden McNabb
6Deryk Engelland
7Griffin Reinhart
8Brad Hunt
9Jon Merrill
10Luca Sbisa
11Clayton Stoner
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Calvin Pickard