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