Karlsson posted two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
He'd been ice-cold over the last six games, going minus-5 with a lonely assist and an uncharacteristically low six shots, so this is a sight for his fantasy owners' sore eyes. In fact, his shot rate is way, way down this year -- just 94 in 40 games, putting him on a full-season pace for just 192. That'd be an enormous drop for a guy who hasn't taken fewer than 248 shots in any of his last four full campaigns. Along the way, Karlsson has ceded the title of fantasy's most valuable defenseman to the Sharks' Brent Burns. He's still elite, but he hasn't quite been the elite of the elite this year.
Karlsson had another active night, firing three shots on goal in 22:38 of ice time. The rearguard is up to 30 points in 32 games, once again proving to be one of the NHL's elite fantasy blueliners.
This is the cross-category production from Karlsson that is often overlooked. The offense is obviously elite, but the shots, blocked shots and occasional penalty are a huge bonus that buoy his fantasy value on the rare nights he doesn't crack the scoresheet. The three-point showing has Karlsson up to 27 points -- seven goals -- through 27 games.
Karlsson scored a goal and added three power-play assists during Monday's loss to Pittsburgh.
Karlsson has caught fire of late -- three goals and 14 points over his past 13 games -- and is now up to six goals and 24 points for the year. He's an elite offensive defenseman, but don't undervalue his 66 shots and 76 blocked shots, which make Karlsson a high-floor, high-upside option in daily contests.
The goals have been a little bit slow to come by, but Karlsson entered the night in the top 10 in assists. On Saturday, Karlsson scored his first goal in six games and just his second in 18 contests. Hopefully this goal gets him going from a goal-scoring standpoint. In addition to five goals, he has 15 assists and 20 points in 25 games.