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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%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 8.72
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3/29/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Notches 20th Goal In Loss

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Notches 20th Goal In Loss

News: Erik Karlsson tallied a power-play goal in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson reached the 60-point plateau Saturday, and Sunday's effort now gives him the second 20-goal season of his career. The 22-year-old has a comfortable five point lead on the rest of the league among blueliners, so he should continue to be rolled out nightly.

3/22/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Adds Two Points In Win

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Adds Two Points In Win

News: Erik Karlsson notched a goal on six shot attempts and set up Kyle Turris' game-winning power-play tally in Saturday's 5-3 triumph over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: By his lofty standards, Erik Karlsson got out of the blocks a little bit slow to start the season, producing 33 points and a minus-5 rating over 46 games prior to the All-Star break. Since then, he's tallied eight goals, 25 points, and a plus-13 rating over 25 games, earning him plenty of credit for reviving the Senators' playoff hopes. He now holds a four-point cushion over the Pens' Kris Letang for the NHL scoring lead among blueliners, and could flirt with 70 points again if he maintains his pace since the All-Star break the rest of the way.

3/17/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Karlsson's Helpers Lift Sens To Win

News: Erik Karlsson assisted on both Ottawa goals -- one on the power play -- and dished out five hits Tuesday in a 2-1 overtime win against Carolina.
Analysis: It wasn't all sunshine and roses, as he did have four giveaways, but it's hard to take issue with a guy who's this productive. The physicality is a nice -- and unexpected -- bonus, as the five hits tied his season high, set back on Nov. 29.

3/13/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Rips Off Three Points

News: Erik Karlsson scored twice and added an assist on the power play Thursday in a 5-2 win over Montreal.
Analysis: He'd missed the scoresheet twice in a row, so it's nice to see the NHL's top defenseman back in the box score in a big way. Most forwards around the league can only dream of matching the blueliner's totals of 18 goals and 53 points through 66 games.

3/6/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Scores, Extends Point Streak In Win

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Scores, Extends Point Streak In Win

News: Erik Karlsson scored his 16th goal of the season Friday, extending his point streak to four games in a win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson has now hit the 50-point mark and is leading all defensemen in scoring. With a whopping 226 shots on goal, you really can't do much better in terms of fantasy blueliners. The 24-year-old is playing a key role for a surging Senators team that is now within three points of a playoff spot.

3/1/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Strike On PP In Win

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Strike On PP In Win

News: Erik Karlsson scored a goal and added an assist -- both on the power play -- in Saturday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson has been dazzling of late, with five of his last eight outings being multi-point games. He now has 15 goals and 47 points in 60 games on the season. Karlsson has been a key part of Ottawa's recent surge, as they now stand just five points out of a playoff spot. With a whopping 215 shots on goal and 21 power-play points, the 24-year-old is an automatic roll every game.

2/18/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Adds Two Assists In Win

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Adds Two Assists In Win

News: Erik Karlsson collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Wednesday marked Erik Karlsson's fourth straight game with two assists, as he has looked much more like himself recently. He was still a great fantasy defenseman, but with 44 points in 56 games to date, he's now only three points behind Mark Giordano for the NHL lead among defensemen.

2/16/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT Sens' Karlsson Dishes Out Two More Assists

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Dishes Out Two More Assists

News: Erik Karlsson picked up two more assists in Monday's 6-3 loss against the Red Wings.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson has now picked up two helpers in three straight contests, and scored in the game before that to give him seven points in a four game span. The 24-year-old is putting up a typically high-powered year on the scoresheet, and ranks fourth among blueliners with 42 points.

2/15/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Chips In Two Helpers

News: Erik Karlsson added two assists from the back end in Saturday's 7-2 rout of the Oilers. He also skated to a plus-2 and took two shots on goal.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson is up to 40 points on the year, one shy of Bobby Ryan for the team lead. More importantly, though -- can you believe this guy has 200 (!) shots on goal? That's fifth in the entire NHL, and while it'd be nice if he had converted more than 13 of those into goals, Karlsson is an absolute godsend in leagues that count SOG.

2/12/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Two Helpers In Loss For Sens' Karlsson

News: Erik Karlsson tallied two assists Thursday in a shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Sure, it was a defeat, but Erik Karlsson's third-period helpers contributed to the Sens tying the game and sending it to overtime. He's got three points in the last two games after missing the scoresheet in three straight.

2/1/2015

Erik Karlsson, D, OTT

Erik Karlsson

Sens' Karlsson Joins In The Fun Saturday

News: Erik Karlsson sniped a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 7-2 thrashing of the Coyotes. He also skated to a plus-3 rating.
Analysis: Erik Karlsson was one of six (!) Senators to post a multi-point effort in this one, and is now up to 12 goals, 23 assists and a whopping 184 shots on goal this year. Despite the fact that Ottawa is 11 points out of a playoff spot and doesn't have the most prolific offense, Karlsson is still an elite d-man and should be deployed regularly in all leagues.

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.