Erik Karlsson in November 2011.
31 May 1990 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||15th overall, 2008
Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson (born 31 May 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who currently serves as captain of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Senators in the first round (15th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Karlsson is a two-time winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman, winning the award in 2012 and 2015.
Karlsson made his Elitserien debut for Frölunda HC on 1 March 2008, recording 8:48 of ice time during a sold out home game in Scandinavium, against league leaders HV71. Karlsson scored the game-winning goal, assisted by Tomi Kallio and Magnus Kahnberg, with a slapshot in overtime during a man advantage. The win secured a playoff berth for Frölunda with three games remaining in the regular season.
Karlsson finished the season with Frölunda's J20 team playing in the J20 SuperElit playoffs, where Frölunda took home the Anton Cup when they won, two games to one, against Brynäs IF in the Swedish Junior Ice Hockey Championship final.
Prior to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Karlsson was ranked fourth among European skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service. He was drafted 15th overall by the Ottawa Senators in front of their hometown fans at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. The selection was made by Ottawa's captain Daniel Alfredsson, a native of Gothenburg, who played for Frölunda before entering the NHL. Ottawa's general manager, Bryan Murray, traded Ottawa's first-round pick, 18th overall, and their third-round pick in 2009 to the Nashville Predators for the Predators' first-round pick, 15th overall, to ensure that no other team would pick Karlsson before them.
In September 2009, Karlsson attended the Ottawa Senators training camp with a chance at joining the squad even at junior age. On 29 September 2009, the Senators announced that Karlsson had made the team's roster and would start the 2009–10 season in Ottawa. After struggling in nine regular season games with Ottawa, Karlsson was assigned to the Binghamton Senators. On 27 November 2009, exactly a month after being sent down, Karlsson was recalled from Binghamton. He would score his first NHL goal against the Minnesota Wild's Niklas Bäckström in a 4–1 win for Ottawa on 19 December 2009, and remain in the NHL for the remainder of the season and play in all of Ottawa's playoff games.
The 2011–12 season saw Karlsson continue his development. On 16 December 2011, with his third assist of the night, Karlsson registered his 100th regular-season NHL point (in 168 games) in a game against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins. Karlsson was the NHL's leading vote-getter in All-Star voting, receiving 939,951 fan votes and becoming one of four Senators players selected to partake in the 59th National Hockey League All-Star Game. Karlsson finished the season as the leading scorer among NHL defensemen, leading second-place Dustin Byfuglien and Brian Campbell by 25 points. Karlsson was being mentioned as a Norris Trophy candidate, if not the favorite for the award.
On 19 June 2012, Karlsson signed a seven-year contract extension with the Senators worth a reported $45.5 million. The following day, Karlsson was announced as the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best defenceman, beating Zdeno Chára of the Boston Bruins and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. He became the second Swede after seven-time winner Nicklas Lidström to win the award, joining the ranks of Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Denis Potvin as the only players to win the award under the age of 23.
During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Karlsson signed with Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga. He received a one-game suspension for allegedly throwing his stick at a referee following a game on 8 December 2012. He finished his stint in Jokerit with nine goals and 25 assists (34 points) in 30 games, leading all defencemen in scoring. Once the lockout ended and the NHL season commenced, Karlsson promptly recorded a goal and two assists as Ottawa defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4–1 in their season opener. On 13 February 2013, Karlsson's Achilles tendon was lacerated when Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke had his skate land on the back of Karlsson's left leg, requiring surgery and taking him out of Ottawa's lineup indefinitely. Cooke has been suspended several times in the past for much-criticized incidents resulting in injury to opposing players, but was not suspended for this incident. At the time of the injury, Karlsson led all NHL defencemen with six goals. Though initial estimates had him out of the lineup for four-to-six months, Karlsson returned to the Ottawa lineup against the Washington Capitals on 25 April 2013, ten weeks to the day after the injury occurred. The Senators made the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs but were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinal, with Karlsson registering one goal and seven assists in 10 games.
Karlsson appeared in all 82 games during the 2013–14 season and score then-career-high 20 goals, resulting in Karlsson being the first defenseman since Brian Leetch in the 2000–01 season to have at least 20 goals and 50 assists in the same season. However, the Senators would fail to qualify for the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
On 2 October 2014, the Senators announced that Karlsson would serve as the ninth captain in the team's modern history, replacing the recently traded Jason Spezza. In his first season as team captain, Karlsson led all NHL defencemen in points for the third time in four seasons, including a career-high 21 goals. He also played in all 82 of Ottawa's games for the second season in a row and ranked third in the NHL in total ice time (2,234:55) and average ice time (27:15) to carry the Senators to a 23-4-4 record on the way to an unlikely playoff spot. On 24 June 2015, it was announced Karlsson won his second Norris Trophy, beating out fellow nominees Drew Doughty and P.K. Subban.
Karlsson appeared in all 82 games for the third straight season during the 2015–16 season and led the league in assists with a career high 66 assists and set a career high in points (82), finishing fourth in the league in scoring. With his 81st point, Karlsson broke the record for most points in a single season by a Swedish defenceman, which was previously set by Nicklas Lidström during the 2005–06 season. Karlsson was also the first defenceman since Paul Coffey in the 1985–86 season to finish in the top five in scoring and the first since Bobby Orr in the 1974–75 season to lead the league in assists. He has also been nominated for James Norris Memorial Trophy this season.
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
Karlsson was selected as the tournament's best defenceman at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships. He was the tournament's plus/minus leader with a plus eight rating, and he led team Sweden in assists, finishing third overall in the tournament, with seven in six games, which also tied him for first place in defencemen scoring. During the 2008 U20 4-Nations tournament which Sweden won, Karlsson scored one goal and one assist which tied him with David Rundblad, Viktor Ekbom and Tim Erixon as Sweden's defenceman scoring leader. At the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Karlsson was selected to the all-star team, and as the tournament's best defenceman. With two goals and seven assists in six games he led all Swedish players in points, and was tied for the tournament lead among defencemen.
Karlsson tied for fourth in team scoring with Senators teammate Daniel Alfredsson at the 2012 World Championship with seven points and led all Swedish defensemen in that category. He also finished tied for fifth in points and tied third in goals by defensemen overall in the tournament.
At the 2014 Olympic Tournament held in Sochi, Karlsson led all players with eight points and was tied for second in goals. On 21 February 2014, Karlsson's scored a powerplay goal in the semi-final against Finland to earn Team Sweden a spot in the Gold Medal Final against Canada. The Swedes would later lose in the final by a score of 3–0. Along with a silver medal, Karlsson was named the Best Defenseman of the tournament and was selected to the All-Star team.
Karlsson married Therese, his girlfriend of three years, on 7 July 2012 in Sweden, though they divorced a year later. He is now engaged to Ottawa native, Melinda Currey. His childhood idols included Nicklas Lidström, Daniel Alfredsson, Mats Sundin, and Peter Forsberg.
Regular season and playoffs
Bolded numbers indicate league leader.
Style of play
|WJC U18 Best Defenceman||2008|
|WJC All-Star Team||2009|
|WJC Best Defenceman||2009|
|Olympic All-Star Team||2014|
|Olympic Best Defenceman||2014|
|NHL All-Star Game||2011, 2012, 2016|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy||2012, 2015|
|NHL First All-Star Team||2012, 2015, 2016|
Records and achievements
- Drafted 15th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators.
- Played his first NHL regular season game on 3 October 2009, against the New York Rangers, and also recorded his first NHL point, an assist.
- Scored his first NHL goal on 19 December 2009, against Niklas Bäckström of the Minnesota Wild.
- Silver medal at 2014 Sochi Olympics.
- Led all defencemen at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in points, tied for first among the tournament with Phil Kessel.
- Named the IIHF Best Defenceman at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
- In 2011–12, Karlsson set a new Senators' franchise record for points in a season by a defenceman (previously held by Norm Maciver) with 78. In 2013–14, he passed Steve Duchesne for the Senators franchise record for most goals in a season by a defenseman with 20. In 2015-2016, he once again set a new Senators record for points by a defenceman in a single season with 82, surpassing his previous record at 78.
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- Pang gets Sens fans all a Twitter http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2012/03/28/19558946.html
- Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, Norris Trophy favorite https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/ottawa-senators-defenseman-erik-karlsson-norris-trophy-favorite-162445645.html
- http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=398747 SENATORS AGREE WITH D KARLSSON ON SEVEN-YEAR EXTENSION
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- Erik Karlsson suspended 1 game for 'throwing' stick at refs http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/21391566/erik-karlsson-suspended-1-game-for-throwing-stick-at-refs
- KARLSSON LEADS SENATORS OVER JETS IN SEASON OPENER http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=413985
- Erik Karlsson needs surgery after skate cuts Achilles http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/02/13/ottawa-defenseman-karlsson-cut-by-skate/1918333/
- Did You See That? Erik Karlsson's devastating injury http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/opinion/2013/02/did-you-see-that-erik-karlssons-devastating-injury.html
- Senators fall to Penguins, lose Erik Karlsson indefinitely http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/game/1289377/recap
- Penguins’ Matt Cooke suspended for rest of season http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2011/03/21/penguins_matt_cooke_suspended_for_rest_of_season.html
- Erik Karlsson needs Achilles surgery http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/8945810/erik-karlsson-ottawa-senators-needs-achilles-surgery-suffering-cut-skate
- KARLSSON RETURNS AS SENATORS LOOK TO CLINCH AGAINST CAPITALS http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=421652
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- Sens name Erik Karlsson captain
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- "PLUS-MINUS LEADERS" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
- "ASSIST LEADERS" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
- "DEFENSEMEN SCORING LEADERS" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
- "Players By Team" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2008-11-10.[dead link]
- "MEDIA ALL STARS" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- "BEST PLAYERS SELECTED BY THE DIRECTORATE" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- "PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- "DEFENSEMEN SCORING LEADERS" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- "IIHF World Championship Defensemen Scoring Leaders" (PDF). IIHF.com. 23 May 2010.
- "Selanne MVP, Awards for Price, Karlsson, Kessel". IIHF.com. 23 February 2014.
- Gold-Smith, Josh (2015-04-28). "Senators' Karlsson, Zibanejad decline World Championship invites due to injuries". theScore.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Garrioch, Bruce (2016-03-02). "Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson excited to play for Sweden at World Cup". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Proudfoot, Shannon (2013-05-29). "Erik Karlsson: If looks could thrill". Sportsnet. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
- "Karlsson Speaks Candidly to Aftonbladet: Divorce, Loss of Friends/Teammates in 2013". The 6th Sens. 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Brodie, Rob (2010-11-03). "Getting to know ... Erik Karlsson". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Garrioch, Bruce (2012-03-17). "Bobby Orr a big Karlsson booster". Ottawa Sun.
- Erik Karlsson's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Erik Karlsson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Erik Karlsson profile at Eurohockey.com
- Erik Karlsson's player profile at NHL.com
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of the Viking Award
|James Norris Memorial Trophy winner
|Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
|Ottawa Senators captain