William Karlsson
William Karlsson
26-Year-Old CenterC
Vegas Golden Knights
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After being exposed by the Blue Jackets and getting selected by Vegas in the expansion draft, Karlsson was arguably the biggest fantasy surprise of 2017-18. Centering the top line with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault, Karlsson scored a whopping 43 goals last season. After recording just 15 goals in two seasons with Columbus, his transformation into an elite goal-scorer almost seems unfathomable. Karlsson and the Golden Knights avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.25 million contract in the summer, as the centre will have to prove 2017-18 was no fluke. Karlsson is a special player, but expecting him to sustain his 23.4 shooting percentage and record another 40-goal season is unrealistic. While a regression is likely, look for Karlsson to still be a dynamic scorer on the top line and first power-play unit. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract extension with the Golden Knights in August of 2018.
Opens scoring in crazy Game 7
CVegas Golden Knights
April 23, 2019
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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Karlsson put together a second straight quality campaign in 2016-17, filling a bottom-six role for the Blue Jackets that didn't provide him with many scoring opportunities but allowed him to show effective two-way play. The 24-year-old doesn't have any one elite skill, but his well-rounded game should provide him with a long NHL career, and he could put some extra points on the board in the right situation — like the one he now finds himself in after being selected by Las Vegas in the expansion draft. On a Golden Knights squad lacking established scoring threats up the middle, Karlsson may be receive more opportunities than he saw in Columbus.
Karlsson played a full NHL schedule for the first time in his young career last year and showed flashes of potential, but the 23-year-old still only managed 20 points while skating on the third and fourth lines for a poor Columbus team. The Jackets' lack of depth up the middle could allow him to sneak into a larger role at some point should injuries strike, and he could be productive if given a chance, but he mostly appears to be little more than an afterthought in a system flush with top prospects pushing their way toward the NHL.
The 21-year-old Karlsson will compete for the Ducks' third-line center job in training camp against fellow Swede Rickard Rakell. Should he fail to win the gig, a full season at AHL Norfolk likely awaits for Karlsson.
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Two assists on man advantage
CVegas Golden Knights
April 18, 2019
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.
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Registers helper
CVegas Golden Knights
April 1, 2019
Karlsson collected an assist in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
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Registers assist
CVegas Golden Knights
March 27, 2019
Karlsson picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Avalanche.
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Pots goal in loss
CVegas Golden Knights
March 25, 2019
Karlsson lit the lamp on the power play in Monday's loss to the Blues.
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Pockets three points
CVegas Golden Knights
March 21, 2019
Karlsson scored on both of his shots and added a helper in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Jets.
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