Erik Karlsson (D) from Ottawa Senators to Tampa Bay Lightning

Drafted 2009, 2 #32 overall by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL Draft

Drafted 2008, 2 #61 overall by Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the CHL Import Draft

Cult/Star player for Boro/Vetlanda

Cult/Star player for Frölunda HC

Cult/Star player for Frölunda HC J20

Cult/Star player for Jokerit

Cult/Star player for Ottawa Senators

Cult/Star player for Sweden

Career transactions
– 2012-09-26 • Signed to a lockout contract by Jokerit | Full story
– 2012-06-19 • Re-signed to a seven-year contract by the Ottawa Senators | $45,500,000 | Full story
– 2009-11-27 • Recalled by the Ottawa Senators from the Binghamton Senators | Full story
– 2009-10-27 • Assigned to the Binghamton Senators by the Ottawa Senators | Full story
– 2009-05-07 • Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Ottawa Senators | $3,900,000 | Full story
– 2008-08-25 • Signed to a one-year pro contract by Frölunda HC

Other memorable dates
– 2014-10-02 • Named Captain by the Ottawa Senators
– 2012-06-20 • Announced as the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman
– 2009-12-19 • Scored 1st career NHL goal (vs. Minnesota vs. Niklas Bäckström)
– 2009-10-03 • Made NHL debut (at NY Rangers; 1 assist, 17:41 TOI, -1, 5 SOG)
– 2008-03-01 • Scored 1st career Elitserien goal (vs. HV71 vs. Stefan Liv)
– 2008-03-01 • Made Elitserien debut (vs HV71; 1 goal GWG, 2 SOG, 8:48 TOI)
– 2007-12-28 • Dressed for 1st career Elitserien game (logged no ice time)

2009 Elite Prospects Scouting Report (archived)
Karlsson is a very offensive minded defenseman. He is blessed with excellent hockey sense, confidence and coolness. Everything looks so easy and natural when Karlsson has the puck under control in the offensive zone. He is a true power play specialist that usually gets the puck on net and also delivers very good passes. Furthermore, he is mobile and a capable skater with good agility and technical skills.
The knock on Karlsson is his defensive game and size. While he is very cool and confident in the offensive zone, he sometimes chooses difficult solutions in the defensive end. He should play easier and be closer on his opponent. While he Karlsson likely will not be much taller, he should definitely add more strength and muscles. The fact that Karlsson likes to get involved physically and can deliver rather good hits is a big plus. With added strength, his physical play would be much more effective.