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65 Erik Karlsson D
Height/Weight: 6-0/175 | Birthdate: 5/31/1990 | Birthplace: Landsbro, Sweden | Team: Ottawa Senators | College: None | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/95 | Average Draft Position: 8.72
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1/21/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Scores Twice In Win

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Scores Twice In Win

News: Erik Karlsson scored two goals in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: He's not quite on the same scoring pace he was last season, but Erik Karlsson has racked up four points in his last four games, and remains one of the elite fantasy defensemen in the entire league.

1/16/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Nets Goal In Win

News: Erik Karlsson notched his eighth goal of the season in Thursday's win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson is due to finish well south of last season's astounding 74-point output, but he still unquestionably ranks as one of the best fantasy blueliners. Once he begins to notice an uptick in his 5.0 shooting percentage (his career mark is 6.8%), Karlsson should notice a rise in his point totals in the second half of the season.

1/5/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Assists, Hits Penalty Box Sunday

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Assists, Hits Penalty Box Sunday

News: Erik Karlsson was credited for an assist and drew three infractions that yielded a total of six PIM in Sunday's loss to the Lightning.
Analysis: The penalty minutes marked a season-best for Erik Karlsson, while the assist allowed him to improve his point streak to three games. The blueliner remains stuck in a bit of a goal slump with no markers since Dec. 7, despite attempting 37 shots during that time. That has resulted in his shooting percentage to drop to 5.0 percent, well below his career mark of 6.8 percent. Twenty goals and 70 points might not be in the works for Karlsson for a second consecutive season, but he's due to tickle the twine sooner or later.

12/29/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Dishes Two Helpers Monday

News: Erik Karlsson dished out two helpers Monday as the Sens beat the visiting Sabres 5-2.
Analysis: The captain had gone pointless over his last three games but got back into the thick of things in this one, setting up two thirds of Bobby Ryan's hat trick. Erik Karlsson's up to seven goals and 25 points in 36 games this season, and although his minus-11 rating is disappointing, he's more than made up for it with an insane 138 shots on net, good for fourth overall in the NHL.

12/20/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Collects Two Assists In Win

News: Erik Karlsson collected a pair of helpers in Friday's win over Anaheim.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson now has points in two straight games after being held off the scoresheet in his previous three games. The 24-year-old has seven goals and 23 points in 32 games on the season, to go with a minus-12 rating. He sits second in the NHL with 124 shots on goal and is one of the best offensive defensemen in the game. Keep him rolling.

12/7/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sen's Karlsson Scores In Overtime Sunday

News: Erik Karlsson scored the overtime-winner and had eight shots on goal in Sunday's win over Vancouver.
Analysis: A clutch effort from Erik Karlsson, who now has a point in three straight games and is up to 20 points (seven goals) in 27 games on the season. While he may be hard-pressed to match last season's 74 points, Karlsson should still net 20 goals in 2014-15. He's one of the best fantasy defensemen around. You know what to do.

11/25/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Scores, Chips In Assist Monday

News: Erik Karlsson scored his sixth goal of the year and added an assist in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings. He fired four shots on goal.
Analysis: That's 16 points in 20 games for the Swedish stud, whose whopping 81 shots tie him for third overall in the NHL. Erik Karlsson is essentially a forward playing defense -- and a good one at that -- so owners can bank on high-end production all season long. Enjoy.

11/23/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Scores PP Goal In Loss

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Scores PP Goal In Loss

News: Erik Karlsson scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Analysis: It was Erik Karlsson's five marker of the season, giving him a point in each of the Sens' last three games. Karlsson's 14 points rank sixth among all NHL blueliners, but he's a whopping nine points behind the leader, Calgary's Mark Giordano.

11/2/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Goes Minus-4 In Loss

News: Erik Karlsson finished Saturday's game against the Bruins with a team-worst minus-4 rating and three giveaways.
Analysis: While plus/minus rating is far from a perfect statistic to gauge a player's performance, Erik Karlsson's minus-4 Saturday was well-deserved. His turnover in the second period resulted in Matt Fraser's first goal of the evening, and his poor defensive positioning a few minutes later resulted in Fraser's second snipe. Karlsson then carelessly gave away the puck in the third period, resulting in an uncontested blast from the point by Dennis Seidenberg for Boston's fourth goal. The blueliner is a breathtaking talent on the offensive end and an asset for fantasy owners, but as Saturday's performance showed, he's occasionally liable to cost the Senators a game.

10/29/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Two-Point Night For Sens' Karlsson

Erik Karlsson

Two-Point Night For Sens' Karlsson

News: Erik Karlsson gathered a goal and assist in Tuesday's victory over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson is absolutely pummeling opposing netminders with pucks -- his 40 shots on goal rank fifth in the league. That's incredible production for a blueliner, who has found the net on three of those attempts. He looks poised for another season of lapping the field in scoring from the blue line.

10/22/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Wednesday's Game Postponed For Karlsson, Sens

News: Erik Karlsson and the Senators will not play Wednesday after their scheduled game against the Maple Leafs was postponed in light of the ongoing crisis in Ottawa, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Multiple gunmen reportedly fired shots Wednesday morning in the downtown area of the Canadian capital, with one shooter dead and possibly one or more still at large. With several government buildings on lockdown, safety will understandably take greater precedence than proceeding with the game as scheduled. The NHL has yet to announce a make-up date for the postponed contest.

10/19/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Bags Second Goal

News: Erik Karlsson tallied his second goal of the season in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson's marker staked the Senators to a short-lived 2-0 lead, while giving the defenseman four points in five games. Another season as the top fantasy blueliner looks to be in the cards for Karlsson.

10/11/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson: First Lit Lamp This Season

News: Erik Karlsson picked up his first goal of the season in Saturday's shootout win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The bottom line in Ottawa is quite simple -- the team's offense is run by and runs through Mr. Erik Karlsson. He probably won't deliver a near point-per-game pace like he did pre-Achillies injury, but he'll still lead all blueliners in scoring.

10/2/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens Name Karlsson Captain

News: The Senators named Erik Karlsson as the new team captain Thursday.
Analysis: The news comes as sort of a surprise considering most people thought veteran defenseman Chris Phillips would be the new captain, but Erik Karlsson is certainly a longer term solution. The announcement shows that the team's management is committed to rebuilding, and turning their attention to the future leaders of the organization like Karlsson, Bobby Ryan, and Kyle Turris, rather than trying to hang on to past success. Karlsson is in line for another big year for his first season with the "C," as he'll try to improve on his 2013-14 campaign in which he racked up 20 goals and 54 assists in 82 games.

4/30/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Posts Elite Season

News: Erik Karlsson finished the season with 20 goals and 54 assists in 82 games.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson was also minus-15 for the year, but proved that he's back to being the top fantasy defenseman in the league after suffering an Achilles injury in 2013. His 54 assists were good for seventh among all skaters, and his 74 points were by far the most of any defenseman -- Duncan Keith finished second with 61.

4/12/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson: 53rd Assist Saturday Night

News: Erik Karlsson, who has admitted he's still not 100 percent a year after his Achilles tendon surgery, picked up his 53rd assist of the season in Saturday's win over Toronto. He sits seventh in assists in the NHL.
Analysis: It's pretty remarkable that a guy who says he isn't 100 percent still leads all defenders with 73 points. We can't wait to see what he can do next year after a summer to rest and break up some of the that scar tissue.

3/24/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Senators' Karlsson Tallies Three Points

Erik Karlsson

Senators' Karlsson Tallies Three Points

News: Erik Karlsson scored his 20th goal of the season and added two assists against the Lightning on Monday. He was also plus-3, had four PIM and put four shots on goal.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson has been on a tear, as he now has a seven-game point streak, giving him 68 points on the season. The only negative is that, even with this plus-3, he's still minus-17 on the season.

3/22/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson On Six-Game Streak

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson On Six-Game Streak

News: Erik Karlsson extended his point streak to six games and eight points (two goals, six assists) when he notched his 19th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Stars.
Analysis: His 65 points put him on the edge of the top-20 scorers list and are at least 10 more than his nearest blue line competitor. And to think he's still only 23. Use with confidence.

3/21/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Points Piling Up For Sens' Karlsson

Erik Karlsson

Points Piling Up For Sens' Karlsson

News: Erik Karlsson pocketed a goal and an assist in Thursday's game against the Bolts.
Analysis: His team may be falling further out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, but Erik Karlsson has heated up offensively in spite of the Sens' collective struggles. He's notched a point five consecutive games, and has nine in the team's 10 games since the Olympics.

2/22/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Senators' Karlsson Scores For Sweden

News: Erik Karlsson scored a goal in Friday's semifinal win over Finland.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson has been a regular goal-scorer for an injury-depleted Swedish offense. He will continue to be a key factor in Sunday's gold medal game against Canada.

2/15/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson: Five Points In Three Olympic Games

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson: Five Points In Three Olympic Games

News: Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist Saturday in a tough 5-3 win over Latvia at the 2014 Olympics. "They played really well and shocked us a little bit," Karlsson said.
Analysis: "They had a good power play as well and that is what happens in these short tournaments," continued Erik Karlsson. "There is so many good nations right now that you cannot take anyone for granted." The defenseman now has five points (three goals, two assists) in three games in Sochi.

2/12/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Lights Lamp Twice For Sweden

News: Erik Karlsson scored two of Sweden's four goals in Wednesday's defeat of the Czech Republic in the Olympic opener.
Analysis: Former Senators teammate Daniel Alfredsson was initially credited with the game's first goal after he appeared to deflect Erik Karlsson's shot from the point into the net, but it was changed after a review indicated otherwise. Karlsson's second score came on the power play and left no room for dispute, giving the Swedes an insurmountable 4-0 lead.

2/7/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Senators' Karlsson Sits Out Practice Friday

News: Erik Karlsson did not take part in Friday's practice, TSN's Brent Wallace reports.
Analysis: The reason for Erik Karlsson's absence was not provided, so it's possible he was simply given the day off. Expect an update on Karlsson's status if any doubt appears regarding his status for Saturday's game against the Bruins.

2/6/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Scores For Second Straight Game

News: Erik Karlsson scored his 15th goal of the season in Thursday's win over Buffalo. He has now scored in back-to-back games.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson continues to dominate offensively, leading the team with 54 points in 58 games. He has now scored three times in his past five games, giving him 15 goals on the season. Karlsson is a disappointing minus-12 on the year, but has gone plus-3 in his past three games, a sign that his defensive play may be trending upwards.

2/5/2014

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Two-Point Night For Sens' Karlsson

News: Erik Karlsson scored a goal and collected an assist in Tuesday's shootout victory over St. Louis.
Analysis: The points were his first in three February games. Erik Karlsson remains the elite of the elite on the blue line, as he hasn't gone more than two consecutive games without a point all year long.