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William Karlsson | Center | #71

Team: Vegas Golden Knights
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/8/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 189
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (53) / ANA

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William Karlsson scored a goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Karlsson took a beautiful feed from Jonathan Marchessault and made no mistake, scoring his 23rd of the season with six seconds remaining in the second period. Karlsson continues his breakout season, improving his point tally to 37 in 42 games. Reilly Smith also scored in the loss. Jan 14 - 12:48 AM

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William Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

The trio of Reilly Smith, Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault took advantage of some poor defensive play by the Rangers to put the Golden Knights ahead midway through the final frame. Karlsson has seven goals over his last eight games, bringing his totals up to 22 goals and 36 points in 41 games this season. He has arguably been the greatest surprise of the season and will likely be on many fantasy championship teams. James Neal also scored in the win for Vegas.
Jan 8 - 12:15 AM

William Karlsson scored his 21st goal of the season in a 5-4 comeback win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Karlsson's career season continues. The forward scored his 21st of the season on Friday while adding an assist. He previously didn't have more than nine goals in a season. The Golden Knights got goals from Alex Tuch, Jonathan Marchessault, Cody Eakin, and Reilly Smith in the comeback win. Karlsson has 21 goals and 35 points in 40 games this season.
Jan 5 - 11:41 PM

William Karlsson is the NHL's second star of the week for the period ending Dec. 31.

Karlsson potted four goals and added an assist in three appearances. He posted his first career hat trick and a personal best four points against Toronto on Sunday to close out the week. Karlsson, who has 20 goals this campaign with Vegas, had 18 goals in 183 career NHL appearances prior to 2017-18.
Jan 1 - 4:13 PM

William Karlsson tallied three goals and one assist in a 6-3 victory over Toronto on Sunday afternoon.

Karlsson got the first hat trick in Golden Knights history when he scored his third of the contest into an empty net. He also became the team's first player to hit the 20-goal mark. Karlsson has 33 points in 37 games.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 06:33:00 PM

William Karlsson notched his 17th goal of the season with a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 road victory against the Ducks.

Karlsson is having a breakout season, as he entered the season with just 18 goals and 32 assists across his first 183 NHL games. He already has 17 goals with 30 points and a plus-12 rating through 35 outings. Not many predicted that the Golden Knights would be in first place this season, let alone late December while leading the Western Conference in points. The emergence of players like Karlsson has helped that a lot.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 02:41:00 AM

William Karlsson scored his 16th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-0 victory against the Capitals.

Karlsson snapped a five-game goal drought, his second longest such streak of the season. He is also positive or even in the plus/minus category in each of his past 11 games. Karlsson has slowed a bit, on pace for 37 goals and 67 points, but it's pretty impressive since he entered the season with just 18 goals and 50 points in his first 183 NHL games.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 01:28:00 AM

William Karlsson scored a goal in Friday's 4-3 shootout win over the Nashville Predators.

His power play tally at the 6:55 mark of the first period gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at the time. Karlsson failed to convert on his shootout attempt, but teammate Reilly Smith eventually buried the game-winner. Karlsson has put together an incredible season thus far, as he has 15 goals and 26 points in 28 games. He's on pace to score 44 goals and 76 points. It's unlikely that he'll hit those numbers, but that doesn't take away from the season he's having.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 11:32:00 PM

William Karlsson picked up an assist on Sunday to give him 25 points.

Karlsson tied his career high set last season with Columbus but it took him 81 games last season and only 26 thus far in 2017-18. He has 14 goals, smashing his record of nine set two seasons ago and all-in-all the Golden Knights appear to have stolen him in the expansion draft from the Blue Jackets. He is a must start in all pools at this time.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 06:40:00 AM

William Karlsson has looked like a legitimate No. 1 center through the first quarter of the 2017-18 season.

It might be an anomaly — a 24-year-old off to a hot start with a new franchise in a new city. It could also be the beginning of a breakout season for the former second round pick. To support the latter, had the Blue Jackets known he could center the top line and produce at a point-per-game pace and play solid two-way hockey like he has, they might have revisited their decision to leave him unprotected in the expansion draft. Karlsson has 13 goals and 22 points in 22 games this season.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 07:14:00 PM

William Karlsson posted a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-2 victory in Anaheim.

Karlsson has posted at least one goal in each of his past three outings, and he has managed 10 goals with 18 points with a respectable plus-6 rating over the past 16 games. Karlsson has already set a career high with his 10 goals, and he is just seven points short of his previous career best of 25 points set last season in Columbus.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 02:17:00 AM

William Karlsson notched a pair of tallies in Vegas' 4-2 win over Los Angeles on Sunday.

Karlsson, who now has four points in his last two games, has been terrific this season. He has nine goals and 16 points in 19 games and is just nine points short of his career-high.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 12:10:00 AM

William Karlsson has excelled after his switch back to center from the wing.

Karlsson started the season with the Golden Knights on the wing and moved back to center nine games ago. "I’ve been a center my whole life, so obviously I know without thinking where I’m going to be," Karlsson said. "When I was at the wing, sometimes I had to take an extra second just to see where I’m at and know what to do. Even though I think I got better the more games I played on the wing, of course I feel more comfortable up the middle." Karlsson has eight points in the nine games since the move and has 12 points in 16 games this season. He is worth a pickup in deeper leagues.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 08:45:00 AM

William Karlsson picked up a couple of goals, including one shorthanded in a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Karlsson found himself on a shorthanded breakaway with just over two minutes remaining in the second period before making a nice forehand and backhand move to tuck the puck in behind Hellebuyck to give the Golden Knights a 5-2 lead. Karlsson opened the season with zero goals in his first six games, but has now picked up five goals and 12 points in his last 12 games. He's been arguably the Golden Knights' best player and is definitely worth getting him into your lineup while he is hot. He has 12 total points in 16 games this season.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 01:13:00 AM

William Karlsson potted his second goal of the season, a power-play marker, in Tuesday's 4-2 victory against the Blackhawks.

The former second-round pick (No. 53 overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has pieced together a three-game point streak for the Golden Knights. He isn't a bad option for fantasy owners looking for scoring in deeper pools, especially if he continues to work on the power play.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 02:41:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1William Karlsson
2Erik Haula
3Cody Eakin
4Ryan Carpenter
5Mikhail Grabovski
6Reid Duke
LW1David Perron
2Jonathan Marchessault
3Oscar Lindberg
4Brendan Leipsic
5William Carrier
RW1James Neal
2Reilly Smith
3Tomas Nosek
4Alex Tuch
5David Clarkson
D1Nate Schmidt
2Colin Miller
3Jason Garrison
4Shea Theodore
5Brad Hunt
6Brayden McNabb
7Deryk Engelland
8Luca Sbisa
9Jon Merrill
10Clayton Stoner
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Malcolm Subban
3Oscar Dansk