William Karlsson

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William Karlsson
William Karlsson May 4 2014.jpg
Born (1993-01-08) 8 January 1993 (age 24)
Märsta, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
VIK Västerås HK
HV71
Anaheim Ducks
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 2011
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2011–present

Lars William "Wild Bill"[1] Karlsson (born 8 January 1993) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and has also previously played for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Playing career[edit]

In 2011–12 Karlsson finished 12th in Allsvenskan in points with 45 points in 46 games, and was second on his team (Broc Little led the league in points).[2] He made his senior Swedish Hockey League debut with HV71.

On 20 May 2013, Karlsson was signed by the Ducks to a three-year entry level contract. He was returned on loan to HV71 for the 2013–14 season.[3]

Karlsson scored his first and second NHL goals on 13 October 2014, against Michal Neuvirth of the Buffalo Sabres.[4]

On 2 March 2015, Karlsson was traded by the Ducks to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with Rene Bourque, and a 2015 second round pick for James Wisniewski and a 2015 third round pick.[5]

On 21 June 2017, Karlsson was exposed by the Blue Jackets and selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. The Blue Jackets traded a first-round pick, a second-round pick in 2019, and the contract of injured forward David Clarkson to Vegas with the agreement that the Golden Knights would select Karlsson.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Västerås IK J20 6 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Västerås IK J20 38 20 34 54 45
2010–11 Västerås IK Allsv 14 1 3 4 2
2011–12 Västerås IK Allsv 46 12 33 45 6 6 1 1 2 0
2011–12 Västerås IK J20 5 2 2 4 2
2012–13 HV71 SHL 50 4 24 28 12 5 0 2 2 0
2012–13 HV71 J20 2 2 2 4 2
2013–14 HV71 SHL 55 15 22 37 14 8 3 4 7 8
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 9 2 7 9 6 8 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 18 2 1 3 2
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 35 7 14 21 2
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 15 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 9 11 20 6
2016–17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 6 19 25 10 5 2 1 3 0
SHL totals 105 19 46 65 26 13 3 6 9 8
NHL totals 183 18 32 50 18 5 2 1 3 0
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Calgary
Silver medal – second place 2013 Ufa

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 2 3 5 6
2012 Sweden WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 0
2013 Sweden WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 2 2 2
2017 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 18 3 6 9 8
Senior totals 10 1 2 3 0

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johan Larsson
Winner of the SHL Rookie of the Year award
2013
Succeeded by
Andreas Johnson