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Player Spotlight: Erik Karlsson

Wednesday, 08.15.2012 / 11:31 AM ET / Features
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Player Spotlight: Erik Karlsson

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

ERIK KARLSSON

2011-12 stats: 81 GP, 19 G, 59 A, 78 PTS, 42 PIM, +16 rating

Last season: What didn't Karlsson accomplish in 2011-12? In a season for the ages, the young Swede led all NHL blueliners in scoring by a whopping 25 points and finished 11th overall in NHL scoring. His assist and point totals established new modern franchise records in both categories. Showing improved proficiency on the other side of the puck, the third-year Senator boosted his plus-minus rating to +16 and led the league in takeaways. But it's his dynamic offensive talents that made Karlsson a perfect fit for the more aggressive, puck-possession style favoured by new head coach Paul MacLean.

The highlight: In a season filled with big moments, the largest of them all occurred on June 20 in Las Vegas, when Karlsson became the first Senators player to win the James Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman. Among the finalists for the award was Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, the only previous blueliner to earn a Norris nomination in an Ottawa jersey.

Looking forward: As Karlsson starts into a new seven-year contract, the biggest question heading into the season ahead is a rather simple one: How much better can Karlsson get? A Norris winner at age 21, Karlsson figures to see more of the attention the New York Rangers directed his way during the teams' Eastern Conference quarter-final series last spring. But there is no doubt the Senators see him as one of the cornerstones of their blue line for years to come and he'll be counted upon heavily once again in 2012-13.

Quote: "I appreciate everything they've done for me in my three years that I've been here. They made me a better hockey player than I thought I would be by now and I have all the thanks in the world to (give to) Ottawa's organization for letting me do what I'm good at and developing in the way that I think is best."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49