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Erik Karlsson
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Erik Karlsson  #65

Ottawa Senators  Defenseman
NUMBER: 65 BIRTHDATE: May 31, 1990  (AGE 25)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Landsbro, Sweden
WEIGHT: 180 DRAFTED: OTT / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (15th overall)    Prospect Bio
AwardsSeasons
James Norris Memorial Trophy 2011-2012 / 2014-2015
Became the first defenceman in franchise history to record 20 goals in one campaign last season. 2013-14: Led Senators and NHL defencemen with 74 points ... Became the first defenceman in franchise history to score the game s only goal on multiple occasions when he scored the team s first goal of the season on Oct. 4 at Buffalo (1-0 win) ... Surpassed 33 minutes in time on ice on three separate occasions for the first time in his career ... Scored a goal in the team s 4-2 win over Vancouver at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on March 2 at BC Place, ensuring him of at least one point against each NHL opponent. 2014-15 Season highs: Blocked shots: 5, Nov. 29 at Tampa Bay (4-1 loss) Career game highs: Goals: 2 (8x) last: March 12 at Montreal (5-2 win); Assists: 3 (5x) last: 3/26/12 at Winnipeg (6-4 win); Points: 4, (2-2), 2/20/12 at N.Y. Islanders (6-0 win)
NHL First All-Star Team (2012) James Norris Memorial Trophy (2012) Olympic All-Star Team (2014) Best Defenceman Olympics (2014) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2012) Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 26, 2012. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to knee injury at Pittsburgh, February 13, 2013.
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I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season