It's no secret that Predators GM David Poile has an affinity for talented defensemen, and we assume that it was worth his time to at least inquire about the possibility of acquiring one of the league's best in Karlsson, who has won the Norris Trophy twice in his career along with the honor of playing in three All-Star Games. However, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic considers Karlsson to Nashville a "longshot at best." The trade deadline is an exciting time for fantasy owners, but we wouldn't make any hasty moves based on what's been churning in the rumor mill.
Karlsson registered two helpers and six shots on net in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Sabres on Thursday.
Though a career-low 3.8 shooting percentage has suppressed the defenseman's numbers, Karlsson still has 39 points in 51 games. He's been one of the best offensive defenseman in the league for years now, which is why the idea of him being traded has been so intriguing. Even if he stays in Ottawa, he has the kind of offensive skill fantasy owners covet.
Karlsson assisted on the opening goal and scored the overtime winner -- both with the man advantage -- Thursday against Anaheim.
Karlsson unleashed a cannon from the point in the extra session to put an end to Ottawa's six-game losing streak. The Swedish rearguard logged a whopping 28:35 of ice time and was credited with his first game-winner of the season. Karlsson's minus-24 rating is hard to swallow, but his 34 points through 44 games still make him a must-own fantasy blueliner. Now that the Senators have ended the slump, look for Karlsson to start piling up more points.
Karlsson tallied three assists in Saturday's 6-3 win over Tampa Bay.
He also finished plus-5. Karlsson has not been himself this season, but he may be turning the corner. He has five assists in his last two games and 11 points in his last 10 games. Karlsson is also plus-2 in that span -- that's a minor miracle considering his overall minus-18 rating. He's poised for a much-improved second half and that's music to fantasy owners' ears.
Karlsson recorded two assists -- one on the power play -- through 25:28 of ice time (1:45 with the man advantage) during Friday's 6-5 overtime win against San Jose.
This multi-point outing ups Karlsson to two goals and six assists through his past nine games, as he's beginning to return to his high-end form. Ottawa's swift fall to the basement of the Eastern Conference has hurt the Swede's value, but teams are rarely as bad or good as they appear in a small sample. It's likely foolish to get cute with Karlsson. His recent uptick in production proves his high-end talent and also reaffirms his status as a set-and-forget asset in all settings.