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Karlsson says he'll be 100%

Tuesday, 08.13.2013 / 4:55 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Karlsson says he\'ll be 100%

There is plenty of encouragement out of Sweden today on the status of Erik Karlsson who is currently taking part in Olympic training festivities with the national program.

In conversation with Swedish reporter Marie Lehmann, Karlsson explained that while he isn’t quite feeling normal in his left leg — a byproduct of having a severed achilles and the corresponding surgery — he is on track to be 100 per cent when the puck drops on the 2013-14 season.

From Lehmann’s Twitter account...

It goes without saying Karlsson had his ups and downs after his return — much of which can be attributed to a combination of getting back into playing shape and adjusting to his recently operated-on body. Despite moments where he clearly wasn’t himself, he still found a way to display the flashes of brilliance we had become accustomed to prior to his injury.

The good news is it’s not an “as Karlsson goes, so go the Sens” situation as he continues to recover from his injury. With a Craig Anderson/Robin Lehner goaltending tandem, a healthy Jason Spezza and incoming (in hot) Bobby Ryan, in addition to the depth throughout the lineup, Karlsson should be able to integrate himself well without his play dictating the team’s success. Obviously, as one of the — if not, the — top defencemen in the world, he will relied upon with big minutes. However, the more opportunity he has to let the game come back to him, the better for the Sens in the long run.

The positive words out of Olympic camp are just another reason to be excited about the numbers 65 could put up on this revamped roster. It also gives me an excuse to re-post this video, which I quite enjoy.

Your friendly reminder that training camp opens in 29 days.


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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44