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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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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 55 11 49 7 60
B. Ryan 54 19 26 -4 45
M. Hoffman 51 23 19 5 42
M. Stone 53 16 25 -12 41
M. Zibanejad 54 11 22 -2 33
K. Turris 49 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 55 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 54 12 5 5 17
C. Ceci 48 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 50 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10