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Erik Karlsson

Player Facts
  • Position
    D
  • Height
    6'0" / 182 cm
  • Weight
    192 lbs / 87 kg
  • Shoots
    R
  • Contract
    18/19

Karlsson is known for his offensive ability. He is a defenseman blessed with excellent hockey sense, confidence and coolness. Everything looks so easy and natural when Karlsson has the puck under control in the offensive zone. He is a terrific passer and an outstanding push rusher.

The knock on Karlsson is his defensive game and size. However, his all-world skating and anticipation allows him to be alright defensively.
The fact that Karlsson likes to get involved physically and can deliver rather good hits is a big plus. Now that he's added a considerate amount of bulk, his physical play is more effective.
- Elite Prospects (2015)

Father: Jonas Karlsson, Brother: Pelle Karlsson
Uncle: Tomas Nord
Cousins: Jonas Nord, Anders Nord

There are definitely some things you can implement into your game, but there is no other Erik Karlsson on planet Earth, Chris Wideman (Ottawa) 2017
I’d challenge anyone in this league to say that there was a more spectacular player or even defenceman, Pierre Dorion (Ottawa GM) 2017
This is a guy you’re going to look at for the next 50 years and go 'wow’. This is going to be one of the greats, Guy Boucher (Ottawa Coach) 2017
Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2005-06 Boro/Vetlanda J20 J20 Div.2 4 1 5 6 18 |
IF Troja-Ljungby J18 J18 Elit - - - - - |
Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 5 0 2 2 8 |
2006-07 Södertälje SK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 2 0 1 1 33 -1 |
Södertälje SK J20 SuperElit 10 2 8 10 8 8 |
2007-08 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 2 1 1 2 0 0 |
Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 1 0 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1 10 -2
Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 38 13 24 37 68 11 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1 4 3
Frölunda HC SHL 7 1 0 1 0 2 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0 0 0
Sweden U18 WJC-18 6 0 7 7 4 8 |
Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 17 3 11 14 22 |
2008-09 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 1 0 2 2 2 4 |
Frölunda HC SHL 45 5 5 10 10 3 | Playoffs 11 1 2 3 24 2
Borås HC Allsvenskan 7 0 1 1 14 -4 |
Sweden U20 WJC-20 6 2 7 9 0 6 |
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 15 3 10 13 16 |
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 5 21 26 24 -5 | Playoffs 6 1 5 6 4 -4
Binghamton Senators AHL 12 0 11 11 22 0 |
Sweden WC 9 1 3 4 2 2 |
Sweden (all) International 10 1 3 4 2 3 |
2010-11 Ottawa Senators NHL 75 13 32 45 50 -30 |
2011-12 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 19 59 78 42 16 | Playoffs 7 1 0 1 4 0
Sweden WC 8 3 4 7 2 3 |
Sweden (all) International 8 3 4 7 2 3 |
2012-13 Jokerit Liiga 30 9 25 34 24 12 |
Ottawa Senators NHL 17 6 8 14 8 8 | Playoffs 10 1 7 8 6 0
2013-14 Ottawa Senators “A” NHL 82 20 54 74 36 -15 |
Sweden OG 6 4 4 8 0 5 |
Sweden (all) International 6 4 4 8 0 5 |
2014-15 Ottawa Senators “C” NHL 82 21 45 66 42 7 | Playoffs 6 1 3 4 2 -2
2015-16 Ottawa Senators “C” NHL 82 16 66 82 50 -2 |
2016-17 Ottawa Senators “C” NHL 77 17 54 71 28 10 | Playoffs 19 2 16 18 10 13
Sweden “A” WCup 4 1 3 4 2 2 |
Sweden (all) International 4 0 1 1 2 2 |
2017-18 Ottawa Senators “C” NHL 71 9 53 62 36 -25 |
2018-19 San Jose Sharks NHL - - - - - |
2018-19 NHL stats powered by NHL.com
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2006-07 Småland TV-Pucken 8 4 7 11 20 |
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 12 0 11 11 0.92 22 0 |
Allsvenskan 7 0 1 1 0.14 14 -4 |
International 28 8 12 20 0.71 6 13 |
International-Jr 37 6 23 29 0.78 46 0 |
J18 Allsvenskan 3 0 2 2 0.67 35 -1 | 2 0 1 1 0.50 10 -2
J18 Elit 2 1 1 2 1.00 0 0 |
J20 Div.2 4 1 5 6 1.50 18 0 |
Liiga 30 9 25 34 1.13 24 12 |
NHL 627 126 392 518 0.83 316 -36 | 48 6 31 37 0.77 26 7
OG 6 4 4 8 1.33 0 5 |
SHL 52 6 5 11 0.21 10 5 | 17 1 2 3 0.18 24 2
SuperElit 49 15 34 49 1.00 78 23 | 5 1 0 1 0.20 4 3
TV-Pucken 8 4 7 11 1.38 20 0 |
WC 17 4 7 11 0.65 4 5 |
WCup 4 1 3 4 1.00 2 2 |
WJC-18 6 0 7 7 1.17 4 8 |
WJC-20 6 2 7 9 1.50 0 6 |
Career Highlights
Season
Awards by season
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
09/13/2018
09/13/2018 Confirmed Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
09/26/2012
09/26/2012 Confirmed Ottawa Senators Jokerit
06/19/2012
06/19/2012 Extension Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators
05/07/2009
05/07/2009 Confirmed Frölunda HC Ottawa Senators
Player Biography and Trivia

Drafted 2009, 2 #32 overall by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL Draft

Drafted 2008, 2 #61 overall by Mississauga St. Michael's Majors in the CHL Import Draft

Cult/Star player for Boro/Vetlanda

Cult/Star player for Frölunda HC

Cult/Star player for Frölunda HC J20

Cult/Star player for Jokerit

Cult/Star player for Ottawa Senators

Cult/Star player for Sweden

Career transactions
- 2012-09-26 • Signed to a lockout contract by Jokerit | Full story
- 2012-06-19 • Re-signed to a seven-year contract by the Ottawa Senators | $45,500,000 | Full story
- 2009-11-27 • Recalled by the Ottawa Senators from the Binghamton Senators | Full story
- 2009-10-27 • Assigned to the Binghamton Senators by the Ottawa Senators | Full story
- 2009-05-07 • Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Ottawa Senators | $3,900,000 | Full story
- 2008-08-25 • Signed to a one-year pro contract by Frölunda HC

Other memorable dates
- 2014-10-02 • Named Captain by the Ottawa Senators
- 2012-06-20 • Announced as the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best defenceman
- 2009-12-19 • Scored 1st career NHL goal (vs. Minnesota vs. Niklas Bäckström)
- 2009-10-03 • Made NHL debut (at NY Rangers; 1 assist, 17:41 TOI, -1, 5 SOG)
- 2008-03-01 • Scored 1st career Elitserien goal (vs. HV71 vs. Stefan Liv)
- 2008-03-01 • Made Elitserien debut (vs HV71; 1 goal GWG, 2 SOG, 8:48 TOI)
- 2007-12-28 • Dressed for 1st career Elitserien game (logged no ice time)

2009 Elite Prospects Scouting Report (archived)
Karlsson is a very offensive minded defenseman. He is blessed with excellent hockey sense, confidence and coolness. Everything looks so easy and natural when Karlsson has the puck under control in the offensive zone. He is a true power play specialist that usually gets the puck on net and also delivers very good passes. Furthermore, he is mobile and a capable skater with good agility and technical skills.
The knock on Karlsson is his defensive game and size. While he is very cool and confident in the offensive zone, he sometimes chooses difficult solutions in the defensive end. He should play easier and be closer on his opponent. While he Karlsson likely will not be much taller, he should definitely add more strength and muscles. The fact that Karlsson likes to get involved physically and can deliver rather good hits is a big plus. With added strength, his physical play would be much more effective.

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