Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Sens re-sign Erik Karlsson (7 years, $6.5M cap hit)
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06-19-2012, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by NathanHortonFan View Post

Well I am very glad you are the end-all-be-all judge of all things that matter! Sheesh. How was he ok the PK against the best of the best, where #1's play? He'll get there eventually, maybe even next season for all we know. At this point he is still just an elite offensive defenseman with average defensive skills.
Karlsson is played to his strenghts on the PP. He's an offensive d-man with defensive skills. I don't see why he'd play on PK if he's better 5 on 5 and PP. Just cuz he barely plays it, doesn't mean he can't.

I mean, Karlsson obviosuly outscored Chara on the PP....but he also lead the league in points by a defenseman on 5 on 5. AKA, he's not a PP specialist and can dominate 5 on 5.

By the same token, Karlsson played more TOI/G than Chara as well. Obviously, they play a different style and I don't really like comparing the two. It's only because it gets brought up he's not a #1 that it comes up.

As for your first line. There is without a doubt in most of the hockey world karlsson played like a #1 D-man. Actually, he played like a franchise d-man this year. Me saying a reasonable discussion is whether he could sustain that level of offensive production isn't really out of the box thinking. It's really a discussion many would discuss.

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