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Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson Sens
Position Defence
Shoots Right
5 ft 11.3 in (1.81 m)
175 lb (80 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Ottawa Senators
Frölunda HC
Born May 31 1990 (1990-05-31) (age 26),
Landsbro, Sweden
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2008
Ottawa Senators
Pro Career 2008 – present

Erik Karlsson (born May 31, 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing and serving as captain for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 15th overall by the Senators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Karlsson made his Elitserien debut for Frölunda HC on March 1, 2008, recording 8:48 of ice time during a sold out home game in Scandinavium, against league leaders HV71. Karlsson scored the game winning goal, assisted by Tomi Kallio and Magnus Kahnberg, with a slapshot off a faceoff, in overtime during a man advantage. The win secured a playoff berth for Frölunda with three games remaining of the regular season.

Karlsson finished the season with Frölunda's J20 team playing in the J20 SuperElit playoffs, where Frölunda took home the Anton Cup when they won two to one in games against Brynäs IF in the Swedish Junior Ice Hockey Championship final.

Prior to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Karlsson was ranked fourth among European skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service.[1] He was drafted 15th overall by the Ottawa Senators, in front of their hometown fans at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. The selection was made by Ottawa's captain Daniel Alfredsson, a native of Gothenburg, who played for Frölunda before entering the NHL. Ottawa's general manager, Bryan Murray, traded Ottawa's first round pick, 18th overall, and their third round pick in 2009 to the Nashville Predators for the Predators' first round pick, 15th overall, to ensure that no other team would pick Karlsson before them.

A few weeks before the 2008–09 Elitserien season premiere, Frölunda announced that Karlsson was brought up to the senior team as a regular roster player.[2]

In September 2009, Karlsson attended the Ottawa Senators training camp with a chance at joining the squad even at junior age. On September 29, 2009, the Senators announced that Karlsson had made the team's roster and would start the 2009–10 season in Ottawa.[3] However, after struggling in nine regular season games with Ottawa, Karlsson was assigned to the Binghamton Senators. On November 27, 2009, exactly a month after being sent down, Karlsson was recalled from Binghamton. He would score his first NHL goal against Minnesota's Niklas Bäckström in a 4-1 win for Ottawa on December 19 and remain in the NHL for the remainder of the season and play in all of Ottawa's playoff games.

Karlsson was selected to participate in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, set for Jan. 30 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.[4], having recorded 25 points in 41 games.

In the 2013-14 season, Karlsson finished with 74 points in 82 games.

On October 2nd 2014, Karlsson was named the 9th captain of the Ottawa Senators replacing Jason Spezza.

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2010 Cologne
World Junior Championships
Silver 2009 Ottawa
Winter Olympics
Silver 2014 Sochi

Karlsson was selected as the tournament's best defenceman at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships.[5] He was the tournament's plus/minus leader with a plus eight rating,[6] and he led team Sweden in assists, finishing third overall in the tournament, with seven in six games,[7] which also tied him for first place in defencemen scoring.[8] During the 2008 U20 4-Nations tournament which Sweden won, Karlsson scored one goal and one assist which tied him with David Rundblad, Viktor Ekbom, and Tim Erixon as Sweden's defenceman scoring leader. At the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Karlsson was selected to the all-star team,[9] and as the tournament's best defenceman.[10] With two goals and seven assists in six games he led all Swedish players in points,[11] and was tied for the tournament lead among defencemen.[12]

Karlsson played at the 2010 World Championships and was the highest scoring defenseman for Sweden[13] with one goal and three assists in nine games.

In the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Karlsson tied first place in points with Phil Kessel and he got 8 points in 6 games. He also won the Best Defenceman award for the Ice Hockey Event at the Sochi Olympics.

Erik Karlsson 2 edit

Karlsson played with Frölunda HC in Sweden before joining the Senators.

Personal LifeEdit

Erik Karlsson is divorced to Therese Karlsson.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Södertälje SK J20 1028108
2007–08 Frölunda HC J20 3813243768 51014
2007–08 Frölunda HC SEL 71010 60000
2008–09 Frölunda HC J20 10222
2008–09 Borås HC Allsv 701114
2008–09 Frölunda HC SEL 45551010 1112324
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 120111122
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 605212624 61564
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 7513324550
SEL totals 52651110 1712324
NHL totals 13518537174 61564


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Sweden Jr. WJC U18 60774
2009 Sweden Jr. WJC 62790
2010 Sweden WC 91342
Junior int' totals 356222844



Award Year(s) awarded
WJC U18 Best Defenceman 2008[5]
WJC All-Star Team 2009[9]
WJC Best Defenceman 2009[10]


Award Year(s) awarded
NHL All-Star Game 2011


  1. European Skaters. National Hockey League (2008). Retrieved on 2008-09-03.
  2. Gyllander, Peter (2008-08-25). #65 Erik Karlsson till A-truppen (Swedish). Frölunda HC. Retrieved on 2008-09-04.
  3. "Battle just beginning for new Sens". (2009-01-08). Retrieved on 2009-01-09.
  4. Brodie, Rob (2011-01-11). Karlsson eager to shine with NHL's brightest stars (English). Ottawa Senators. Retrieved on 2011-01-12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 BEST PLAYERS SELECTED BY THE DIRECTORATE (PDF). IIHF (2008-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-07-01.
  6. PLUS-MINUS LEADERS (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2008-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-07-01.
  7. ASSIST LEADERS (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2008-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-07-01.
  8. DEFENSEMEN SCORING LEADERS (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2008-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-07-01.
  9. 9.0 9.1 MEDIA ALL STARS (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2009-01-06.
  10. 10.0 10.1 BEST PLAYERS SELECTED BY THE DIRECTORATE (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2009-01-06.
  11. PLAYER STATISTICS BY TEAM (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2009-01-06.
  12. DEFENSEMEN SCORING LEADERS (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2009-01-06.
  13. IIHF World Championship Defensemen Scoring Leaders. (May 23, 2010).

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jim O'Brien
Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jared Cowen

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