Karlsson notched a power-play assist and an empty-net goal to seal Tuesday's 7-4 victory against Arizona. He finished plus-3.
That's four straight games with a point and seven total points with a plus-7 rating for Karlsson to open the year -- and yet he's been overshadowed a bit among blueliners by Brent Burns, who's looking even better than last year. It's going to be fun watching those two battle it out for the title of fantasy's top defenseman as the season goes on.
Surprisingly enough, it was Karlsson's first special-teams point of the year. The 26-year-old continues to prove that even through his team's struggles, he can find a way to reach the box score. The 2008 No. 15 pick has registered a goal and four assists through three games, and he'll surely continue to pile up the points as the season rolls along.
Through two games,
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.
Without Carey Price protecting the crease, the
Karlsson lit the lamp on eight shots, adding two assists and a plus-3 rating during Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Maple Leafs.
Besides having his troubles with young star Auston Matthews, it was business as usual for Karlsson on Opening Night. The Swedish superstar maintained a point-per-game pace with ease last season, kicking off 2016-17 with a bang and ensuring you were correct in choosing him as the No. 1 blueliner off the board. Despite early talks of limiting shift times, the 26-year-old was on ice for 27:36, easily the highest on the team. The 2008 No. 15 pick dropped 82 points last season, but something tells us we haven't seen the best of Karlsson just yet. Expect fireworks from the stud throughout the year.