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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 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
4 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
5 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
6 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
7 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
8 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 52 11 44 2 55
B. Ryan 51 18 26 -2 44
M. Hoffman 48 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 50 13 23 -14 36
M. Zibanejad 51 10 21 -4 31
K. Turris 46 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 52 12 7 2 19
C. Ceci 45 5 10 -3 15
Z. Smith 51 9 4 5 13
C. Lazar 47 3 9 -3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 20 17 4 .912 2.95
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10