Anton Karlsson

Unrestricted Free Agent
elite prospects

Fantasy Summary

Karlsson projects as a bottom six/energy forward at the NHL level.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 2.0
NHL Certainty 1.5
Country SWE
Position LW
Roster Type Free Agent
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 3, 1996
Height 6‘1”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 3; Overall: 87

Observations

June 2018- The Coyotes have yet to sign Karlsson to a entry-level contract and now with four years passing since they drafted him, he can re-enter the draft or if not drafted will become a free agent. So far though Karlsson has showed almost no interest in coming over to North America so it seems doubtful he gets picked up in the 2018 draft or signed by an NHL team.  Keith Duggan

July 2017- Karlsson spent most of the 2016-17 season loaned out to the Allsvenskan (Swedish second league) team IK Oskarshamn. His numbers weren’t great there where he put up six goals and 10 points in 48 games, along with six scoreless games with Frolunda in the SHL. Despite having an excellent development camp with the Coyotes last summer, he didn’t participate this summer and seems to show no interest in coming overseas to play in North America anytime soon. Karlsson is signed to play 2017-18 with Leksands IF in the Allsvenskan. Keith Duggan

July 2016- Anton Karlsson played a little all over the map in 2015-16. He appeared in 19 SHL games with Frolunda, getting into just nine games where he played more than five minutes, finishing with just two assists. After the World Juniors, where Karlsson also played in a depth role managing just one point, he was loaned out to two separate Allsvenskan squads: Leksands and Karlskroga, though he spent just three games with the latter. Frolunda has proven to be a strong team, so it’s not surprising Karlsson’s struggled with cracking the lineup. He plays a NHL ready physical game and showed well at the Coyotes development camp but offensively fantasy wise he won’t offer much. With one year left on his contract. look for Karlsson to play one more season with Frolunda before coming overseas.  Keith Duggan

December 2015- Anton Karlsson has made Team Sweden for the World Junior Championship, his third straight now. Karlsson has struggled offensively in the SHL this season, putting up two assists in 19 games for Frolunda. He’ll provide leadership and energy for what should be a strong Team Sweden. Keith Duggan 

May 2015- It wasn’t a banner 2014-15 season for Anton Karlsson. After struggling with Skelleftea, being released by the team, then resurfacing with Frolunda, he only posted two assists in 15 SHL games. He also dissapointed with Sweden at the WJC, only again posting two assists in seven games. Karlsson’s future is starting to look at best a bottom-six forward. On top of that he signed a two-year extention with Frolunda and questions remain if Karlsson has any interest in even coming to North America. Keith Duggan

December 2014- For a second year in a row, Anton Karlsson has made Team Sweden for the World Junior Championship. It’s been a rough season so far for Karlsson, as he struggled with Skelleftea and his contract was recently terminated. He has since returned to Frolunda, where he played last season. The World Junior’s should be a good place for Karlsson to prove he’s still a excellent prospect for the Coyotes. Keith Duggan

October 2014- After being a first round pick of the Erie Otters in the CHL import draft this past summer, the hope was that Karlsson would make the trek overseas to play in North America for the 2014-15 season. Instead he decided to stay in Sweden and signed a two-year contract with Skelleftea AIK, where he will develop his game with the defending champs. Keith Duggan

June 2014- The Arizona Coyotes selected Anton Karlsson with their third round selection, 87th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft. Keith Duggan

February 2014 – The young Swede served as a menacing forward at the World Junior tournament displaying an irritating physical presence and gritty forecheck. Anton Karlsson isn’t limited to that role though as he’s shown a crafty set of puck skills and offensive flair playing for Frolunda’s junior squad. With good size, strong skating and an ability to adjust roles, Anton Karlsson’s pro upside is very appealing. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Göteborg 2 TV-Pucken 8 7 1 8 4 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 4 0 1 1 0 |          
 2011-2012 Göteborg TV-Pucken 8 6 6 12 0 |          
  Frölunda HC U16 U16 SM 7 5 2 7 4 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 11 1 3 4 6 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 17 11 16 27 26 |          
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 8 2 6 8 4 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 3 2 1 3 0 |          
 2012-2013 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 16 14 13 27 37 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 7 6 6 12 27 | Playoffs 3 1 3 4
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 2 2 4 |          
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 17 4 4 8 4 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 6 6 3 9 22 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 8 6 3 9 10 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 5 2 2 4 10 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 19 3 7 10 28 |          
 2013-2014 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 1 0 1 1 4 |          
  Frölunda HC J20 JCWC 4 4 1 5 4 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 4 2 4 6 6 | Playoffs 5 3 3 6
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 28 12 10 22 88 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 4 5 0 |          
  Mora IK Allsvenskan 9 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 4 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 17 3 6 9 10 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 10 1 0 1 4 |          
 2014-2015 Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 16 8 6 14 37 |          
  Skellefteå AIK Champions HL 5 0 0 0 29 |          
  Skellefteå AIK SHL 6 0 1 1 0 |          
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 16 6 9 15 4 | Playoffs 8 3 7 10
  Frölunda HC SHL 9 0 1 1 2 |          
  Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 4 0 4 4 8 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 0 2 2 6 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 20 4 5 9 18 |          
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 8 1 2 3 2 |          
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 7 0 0 0 2 |          
  Frölunda HC SHL 19 0 2 2 2 |          
  BIK Karlskoga Allsvenskan 3 1 1 2 0 |          
  Leksands IF Allsvenskan 21 2 6 8 6 | Qualification 14 1 3 4
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 1 0 1 12 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 16 1 1 2 16 |          
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC SHL 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  IK Oskarshamn Allsvenskan 48 6 4 10 16 |          
 2017-2018 Leksands IF Allsvenskan 48 8 11 19 12 | Qualification 11 0 1 1
 2018-2019 Leksands IF Allsvenskan 49 11 10 21 22 | Qualification 12 5 1 6

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