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01-19-2013, 07:29 PM
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Feeling nostalgic, I dug up my impression of Karlsson from back in 2009 in the evaluation tournament...thing they had in Kitchener and now Oshawa, the one with all the rookies and non-pros, you know the one.

Anyway: Erik Karlsson: By far the best skater on either team. He controlled the play when he was on the ice and exuded skill. Confident and effortless the whole time; he gladly demonstrated every weapon in his arsenal. Taking down Tangradi with a hit (penalty), making slick passes, skating circles around a player or two, carrying the puck up the ice and blasting a goal home, Karlsson was awesome. His biggest downfall offensively is that outside of Regin (his target of choice tonight), no one was ready for his tape to tape passes through 6 player's feet. However, he did have two large defensive gaffes but Lehner bailed him out. He could play in the NHL but will need work on his defensive side to avoid seeing 8-10 minutes of ice time, mostly on the PP. Hopefully 40ish games in the AHL help him enough that he can make the jump some time this year.

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