Doesn't really matter, the point must be, that Vatanen was atleast as awesome as Karlsson has been. Its not goingto matter does he play 70% or 100%, you're as good as you play, thats only fair judgement. If he wants to be better, then he must play better then. Im not saying Karlsson aint impressive, he definedly is very impressive, but it does not make less what Vatanen did in the league. Vatanen just is on hes level. I understand that many find the fact really hard to accept maybe, but when you look at Karlsson playing, it just reminds you of Vatanens skills and plays.
Lets see can he translate it to North America like Karlsson. Remember that to be even he doesn't haveto win norris at hes first season, neither did Karlsson. I would respect Karlsson higher because he's proven NHL player, but I completely understand the statement that if you compare the SM-Liiga performances, Karlsson aint much better, they're both best Dman of the league.
FEL refs are complete joke this year. I just watched the game from tape and we'll all i can say i was genuinely pathetic work by them, even juniors do have better refs.
Not just this year. Every god damn year. SM-Liiga needs professional referees and not these amateurish ref wannabees whose egos doesn't even seem to fit inside the rink. They all must be Timo Favorin's babies.
And Karlsson is in Ottawa atm like some other lockout players. Let's see if he comes back if the lockout continues. I hope so but if not, thanks for the few months Erik!
Big Sens fan here and to be honest, I'm sad that Karlsson left today. I'm so pissed at the NHL that I dont even want the season to start. Would like to see Karlsson stay there and help Jokerit win a championship over there.
Glad to see he had a great final game in the derby today. And it's great that your fans respect him so much. Best of luck the rest of the way. Maybe he'll end up back there if the lockout continues
Do you guys think Karlsson will win the scoring title for defensemen in SM-Liiga even though he will only have played half of the games? The closest player atm is Kristian Näkyvä who's trailing by 13 points.