Karlsson, who suffered a severed Achilles back in mid-February at the hands -- er, feet -- of Penguins forward Matt Cooke, returned to skating a little more than a week ago. On Wednesday he took part in a full practice, leading to speculation he could be ready to go.
Karlsson takaing a regular shift with Methot. Would appear he makes his return tomorrow. #sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) April 24, 2013
Even the most wildly optimistic projections had Karlsson maybe returning in the playoffs, but before? It's simply astonishing. It was just 10 weeks ago that he had surgery, a surgery that the Senators said "effectively ended" Karlsson's season. Yet he could be coming back with a few games to spare ... in the regular season.
But it's not set in stone that he'll be back. Bruce Garrioch also said that Karlsson was skating after practice ended, sometimes a sign that a guy won't be playing the next game. Either way, it seems close. Very close.
So close that he'll at least travel with the team and take part in the Sens' morning skate on Thursday.
Karlsson says he'll make trip to Washington. Still unsure if he will play. Said "slim chance".— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) April 24, 2013
The Senators would love to get Karlsson back right away as they become a much more potent team right away, assuming he's healthy. He is hands down the best offensive defenseman in the game today and his production from the back has been missed as the Sens are one of the worst teams in the league in scoring this season.
Not to mention they are still fighting to sew up their playoff spot, something that has taken a little longer than was perhaps expected.
I think it's time that somebody commissions a forensic test to see how Karlsson has come back this quickly.