Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
Erik Karlsson
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ErikKarlsson
POSITION: Defenceman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 180
BIRTHDATE: 31/05/1990
AGE: 24
BIRTHPLACE: Landsbro, SWE
DRAFTED: OTT: 2008-15 overall
AWARDS:
James Norris Memorial Trophy (1)
NHL First All-Star Team (2012) James Norris Memorial Trophy (2012) Olympic All-Star Team (2014) Best Defenceman Olympics (2014) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2012) Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 26, 2012. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to knee injury at Pittsburgh, February 13, 2013.

2013-14: Established new career highs in both goals (20) and games (82) … Was one of four Senators (Michalek, Smith, Turris) to have appeared in each of the club’s 82 games … Led the Senators and NHL defencemen while ranking 14th among all NHL players in scoring with 74 points … Led the Senators and ranked second among all NHL players for the second consecutive season in averaging 27:04 time-on-ice … Tied for first among NHL defencemen (Yandle) while tying for fifth among all NHL players with 31 power-play points … Ranked seventh among NHL players in assists (54) while tying for seventh in takeaways (68) … Became the first defenceman in franchise history to score the game’s only goal on multiple occasions when he scored the team’s first goal of the season on Oct. 4 at Buffalo (1-0 win) … Became the first NHL defenceman to record three points in one game against Martin Brodeur since 10/9/10 when he scored once and earned two assists in helping the club to a win in its home opener on Oct. 17 vs. New Jersey (5-2 win) … Scored twice in one game for the sixth time in his career on Nov. 5 at Columbus (4-1 win) … Registered the 200th point of his NHL career on Dec. 23 vs. Pittsburgh (5-0 win) … Surpassed 33 minutes in time on ice on three separate occasions for the first time in his career before setting a new career game high with 34:45 on Jan. 23 at Tampa Bay (4-3 SO loss) … Scored a goal in the team’s 4-2 win over Vancouver at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on March 2 at BC Place, ensuring him of at least one point against each NHL opponent … Played in the 300th game of his NHL career on March 16 vs. Colorado (3-1 loss) … Became the first defenceman in franchise history (surpassing a record he previously shared) to record 20 goals in one season on March 24 vs. Tampa Bay (4-3 SO win). His goal against the Lightning saw him become the first NHL defenceman to record 20 goals in one campaign since 2010-11 (Byfuglien) … Reached 70 points in one season for the second time in his career on March 30 vs. Calgary (6-3 win) … Was one of two Senators (Michalek) to represent his country at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia … Was recognized by the IIHF as the tournament’s best defenceman after leading Sweden in goals (four), assists (four) and plus/minus (+5) … Won a silver medal with Sweden. 2012-13: Recorded 10 points (including six goals) in his first 14 games of the season before sustaining a left Achilles laceration at Pittsburgh (2/13/13, 4-2 loss) ... Missed the next 31 games before returning to the lineup (4/25/13), when he recorded two assists at Washington to help the Senators clinch a playoff berth ... Led the Senators and ranked second among all NHL players in averaging 27:09 time-on-ice ... Established a new career high with 11 shots on goal vs. Carolina (2/7/13, 3-2 OT loss) – the third time in his career that he has recorded 10 or more shots in one game and marking only the fourth time in franchise history that a team defenceman has done so ... Recorded three multi-point contests, two of which occurred over the final three games of the season following his return from injury ... Of his six goals, two were game-winners ... With the exception of the game in which he was injured, he never appeared in less than 24:59 time-on-ice in any individual contest ... Was one of two Senators to record a shorthanded goal ... Played in all 10 of Ottawa’s playoff games, recording one goal and seven assists ... Opened the season by scoring 34 points in 30 games with Jokerit in Finland. 2011-12: Set career highs in games (81), goals, (19), assists (59) and points (78) ... Recorded the 100th point of his NHL career vs. Pittsburgh (12/16/11, 6-4 win) ... Reached 100 penalty minutes for his NHL career at Montreal (1/14/12, 3-2 SO win) ... Recorded the 100th assist of his NHL career vs. Washington (2/22/12, 5-2 win) ... Played his 200th career NHL game vs. Chicago (3/2/12, 2-1 loss) ... Ranked first among Senators defencemen in goals (19), assists (59) and points (78) and was second in overall team scoring – all of which occurred for the second consecutive season ... Finished the season in a tie for 10th among NHL players (while leading league defencemen) in scoring ... His 78 points were 25 more than any other NHL defenceman (Byfuglien, Campbell – 53) ... Tied for third among all NHL players in assists ... Led NHL defencemen (and all Senators), while ranking 20th in the league with 261 shots on goal ... Led NHL defencemen (and all Senators), while ranking 12th in the NHL with 67 takeaways this season ... Established new franchise records for defencemen in points, assists and multi-point games (21) ... Named NHL First Star of the Week (2/27/12) and NHL Second Star for the month of February... Became the youngest NHL defenceman since Brian Leetch in 1988-89 to record 70 points in one campaign ... Matched Borje Salming’s single-season career-best of 78 points to rank tied for second among all Swedish defencemen (Lidstrom – 80) in one campaign ... Established a new personal career high with four points in one game at N.Y. Islanders (2/20/12, 6-0 win) ... Ranked first among Senators, and ninth among all NHL players, in average ice time per game (25:19) ... Ranked first among Senators in game-winning goals (five) ... Recorded 10 shots (for the second time in his career) on 12/31/11 at Buffalo to mark only the third time in franchise history that a defenceman registered 10 or more in one game ... Represented Ottawa at the NHL All-Star Game for the second consecutive season ... Was one of four Senators (Alfredsson, Michalek, Spezza) to be voted into the 59th NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa ... Received an NHL-best 939,951 votes in league-wide fan balloting … Recorded one goal in seven playoff games against the N.Y. Rangers … Following the season, was selected a winner of the James Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenceman, becoming the first Senators blueliner to earn the award. 2010-11: Played 100th career NHL game vs. Tampa Bay (1/8/11, 2-1 loss) … Led Senators defencemen in scoring with 13 goals, 32 assists and 45 points and ranked second in team scoring … Became only fourth defenceman in franchise history, after Steve Duchesne, Norm MacIver and Wade Redden (3x), to register 45 or more points in a season … Led Senators in average ice time with 23:32 per game, which ranked 27th in the NHL … Led Senators in game-winning goals with four … Represented Ottawa at the 58th NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C … Had 10 shots on goal (3/10/11) at Florida, only the second time in franchise history that a defenceman has 10 or more shots on goal in a game … Shared monthly Molson Cup award with Brian Elliott in December. 2009-10: Second Senators rookie defenceman in franchise history (Salo) to record a multi-goal game, doing so against Carolina (4/1/10, 4-2 win) … Recorded 11 assists in 12 games with AHL Binghamton. 2008-09: Played first full professional season with Frolunda HC Goteborg of the Swedish Elite League, recording 10 points … Was the youngest player on team … Was loaned to Boras HC of the Swedish second division league for seven games … Earned a silver medal with Sweden at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa … Selected as tournament’s best defenceman … Ranked first (tie) among all tournament defencemen in points (nine) and fifth (tie) among all players in assists (seven) … Named to the tournament media all-star team. 2007-08: Competed in the Swedish Elite League, playing seven regular-season games for Frolunda HC Goteborg … Notched his first SEL goal, an overtime-winner, against HV 71 (3/28/08)… Appeared in each of Frolunda’s six post-season contests and was held scoreless in an opening-round defeat against Linkoping … Recorded the most points among defencemen in the junior league (U-20) … Helped Sweden reach the bronze-medal game at the 2008 U-18 world championship … Ranked first among all tournament defencemen in plus-minus (8) … Named tournament’s best defenceman.