Karlsson signed an eight-year extension with Las Vegas worth an average annual value of $5.9 million.
Acquired by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft, Karlsson finished his second season with the club with 56 points to go with 16 penalty minutes. He is the only player in Golden Knights history to play in all 191 regular-season and postseason contests. Currently 26, Karlsson will be under contract with the club until he is 34.
Karlsson and the Golden Knights are closing in on an eight-year extension, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
The deal is expected to be worth $5.9 million AAV per Jesse Granger of The Athletic, and is the max length a contract can be signed in the NHL. Since being picked up in the expansion draft in 2017, Karlsson has racked up 67 goals and 134 points while playing all 82 games in back-to-back seasons for Vegas. The Golden Knights are expected to have the highest salary cap hit in the league next season, but once the deal is signed, it will keep the restricted free agent in the desert until he's 34.
Karlsson scored a goal on four shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Karlsson's first-period tally seemed like a distant memory after Barclay Goodrow scored in overtime to give the Sharks the 4-3 series win. Karlsson contributed two goals and three helpers in the series, with four of those five points coming in Games 5 thru 7. It just wasn't enough to keep the Golden Knights going.
Karlsson registered a pair of power-play assists as well as two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.
Karlsson has three points, nine blocks, 10 shots and a minus-2 rating through five games in the series. His top line with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith has taken a back seat to the Golden Knights' second line so far in the playoffs, which has led to the top trio struggling a bit for scoring. That trend reversed in Game 5, however, with the top line providing all of Vegas' offense.
Karlsson collected an assist in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
In his last nine games, Karlsson has seven helpers and five goals, putting his production into overdrive to close out the campaign. The Swedish center has 56 points in 80 games this season, and while he's nowhere near the 78 points he posted in a breakout effort last year, he's maintained plenty of fantasy value.
Karlsson picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Avalanche.
The helper gives Karlsson his second straight 30-assist season, as well as 53 points in 77 games overall. He's 25 points behind his 78 points from last year, but regression was likely for this campaign, which has come in the form of a 9.3 percent drop in shooting percentage.
Karlsson lit the lamp on the power play in Monday's loss to the Blues.
Karlsson picked up a rebound off Colin Miller's shot early in the second period and sent it home to tie the game 1-1. This was Karlsson's 23rd goal of the season, and he's still 20 points short of the monstrous 43-goal mark he posted in the Golden Knights' inaugural season.
Karlsson scored on both of his shots and added a helper in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Jets.
Karlsson blew right by 50 points, with 22 goals and 29 helpers in 74 games after his third-straight multi-point outing. In nine games in March, Karlsson has recorded four goals and eight assists. It may have taken nearly all year, but Karlsson is beginning to resemble the player who notched 78 points in his breakout campaign last season.
Karlsson contributed a goal on three shots and an assist in Monday's 7-3 shellacking of the Sharks.
Karlsson didn't have a four-point night like his linemates Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith, but the center did record multiple points for the second consecutive game. He hit 20 goals for the second time in his career, and has 48 points from 73 games this season.
Karlsson provided a pair of helpers in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Karlsson had the lone apple on Mark Stone's opening goal, and then set up Jonathan Marchessault's first goal of the night in the second period. Karlsson is up to 46 points (19 goals, 27 helpers) in 72 games this season.
Karlsson registered two assists, one on the power play, in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Flames.
Karlsson now has a modest three-game point streak going, with a goal and three assists in that span. He racked up five shots on goal Wednesday, giving him 144 shots and 43 points across 68 games this season.
Karlsson dished out an assist in Sunday's 3-0 victory over Vancouver.
Karlsson has just four goals and 11 points in 25 games since the start of 2019. The 26-year-old is feeling a huge drop-off from his magical 2017-18 campaign but is still looking to suit up in 80 or more games for the fourth straight season. With Vegas beefing up the roster and getting healthier, Karlsson could heat up down the playoff stretch.
Karlsson scored his 18th goal of the season in Thursday's 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Maple Leafs.
Karlsson has points in four of his last five games, with two goals and three assists in that span. The Golden Knights struggled around the All-Star break and their bye week, but now that they are scoring again, Karlsson's offense has returned. With 37 points in 59 games, he likely will fall well short of the 78 points he recorded last season. That tends to happen with a nine-percentage-point drop in shooting percentage year over year.
Karlsson scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 4-3 win versus the Red Wings.
It hasn't been an easy stretch for Karlsson, as he posted just four points in the last 17 games and none on the power play. His first point -- a helper to Jonathan Marchessault on the man advantage -- was followed up by a goal of his own just 5:04 later to give the Golden Knights the lead in the second period. Karlsson continues to shoot around the same amount of times as last season, but his 14.3 shooting percentage is a hefty regression from last year's 23.4 mark. Still, Karlsson's on pace for a respectable 25 goals.
Karlsson notched just one goal and an assist over the final 11 games heading into the All-Star break.
Despite the slow end to the first half, Karlsson still owns 16 goals and 16 assists through 52 games. His 15.2 shooting percentage slots just inside the top 100 in the league and places him third on the team behind Bradon Pirri (17.4) and Cody Eakin (16.9). Perhaps the break will provide Karlsson with the breather he needs to bust out when the second half fires up.
Karlsson's goal Thursday was his sixth of December and helped his team overcome the Islanders in a 4-2 victory.
Wild Bill has generated a 9:1 goals-to-assist ratio over the last 10 games. Karlsson might have struggled early this year, but he's back to being the type of player he was last year and should have no trouble topping 50 points -- health permitting, of course.
Karlsson scored two goals, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils.
That's now four goals in the last three games and eight in the last 10 for Karlsson, who seems to be back in the form he flashed last season en route to a career-high 43 goals. The 25-year-old probably won't reach those heights again in 2018-19, but with 13 goals and 26 points through 34 games he's still delivering strong production in a top-six role for Vegas.
Karlsson picked up his ninth goal of the season Saturday, but the Golden Knights suffered a 2-1 road loss to the Oilers.
Karlsson was able to skip the puck off the defenseman Oscar Klefbom's skate for the unassisted goal. Wild Bill is up to 21 points through 28 games, sharing the team lead with top-line cohort Jonathan Marchessault, who's registered 10 goals and 11 helpers.
Karlsson opened the scoring for Vegas and also produced an assist in a 6-3 win over host Edmonton on Sunday.
Many a fantasy hockey pundit had Karlsson pegged as a bust candidate leading up to the 2018-19 campaign, and with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) over 21 games, Wild Bill is on pace for 15 fewer points than he provided Vegas in its magical inaugural season. However, the team welcomed puck-moving defenseman Nate Schmidt back from a 20-game suspension Sunday, and that should help Karlsson produce more consistently in the attacking zone.
Karlsson scored a goal and two assists in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Canadiens.
The goal and one of the helpers came with the man advantage. Things haven't come quite so easily for Karlsson during his second season in Vegas. Saturday's effort was only his third multi-point game of the season, although his four goals and 14 points through 17 games still puts him on pace for a strong fantasy season, and his regular spot on the power play gives him a secure floor.
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