Senators' Erik Karlsson: Shift times down as requested by coach
Through two games, Karlsson's shift times are down from 1:04 (last year's average) to 42 seconds, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports. When asked about coach Guy Boucher's plan to continue the trend, the blueliner noted he will need help from the coaches, but added "at the end of the day, it's going to be upon me whether I change or not. Maybe it's something I can improve. Hopefully, it will make me into a better hockey player."
Karlsson has still been able to produce, as the superstar Swede has a goal and three helpers along with a plus-3 rating. While there are no power-play points to speak of, the 26-year-old is a consistent threat with the man advantage and coach Guy Boucher had previously mentioned keeping him out for the entirety of special teams situations. The decrease in shift time may have raised a red flag for some, but it's no cause for concern, as Karlsson has spent an average of 29:07 on the ice over two games.