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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 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

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


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Göteborg 2TV-Pucken8 7 18 4|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Region4 0 11 0|        
 2011-2012 GöteborgTV-Pucken8 6 612 0|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 SM7 5 27 4|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Region11 1 34 6|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Nationell17 11 1627 26|        
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr8 2 68 4|        
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr3 2 13 0|        
 2012-2013 Frölunda HC J18J18 Region16 14 1327 37|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Nationell7 6 612 27|Playoffs3 1 34
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 22 4|        
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell17 4 48 4|Playoffs3 1 12
  Sweden U17WHC-176 6 39 22|        
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr8 6 39 10|        
  Sweden U18WJC-185 2 24 10|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr19 3 710 28|        
 2013-2014 Frölunda HC J18J18 Region1 0 11 4|        
  Frölunda HC J20JCWC4 4 15 4|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Nationell4 2 46 6|Playoffs5 3 36
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell28 12 1022 88|Playoffs3 0 22
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 45 0|        
  Mora IKHockeyAllsvenskan9 0 00 2|        
  Sweden U18WJC-187 0 00 4|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr18 3 710 10|        
  Sweden U20WJC-205 0 00 0|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr10 1 01 4|        
 2014-2015 Skellefteå AIK J20J20 Nationell16 8 614 37|        
  Skellefteå AIKChampions HL5 0 00 29|        
  Skellefteå AIKSHL6 0 11 0|        
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell16 6 915 4|Playoffs8 3 710
  Frölunda HCSHL9 0 11 2|        
  Sweden U19 (all)International-Jr4 0 44 8|        
  Sweden U20WJC-207 0 22 6|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr20 4 59 18|        
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell8 1 23 2|        
  Frölunda HCChampions HL7 0 00 2|        
  Frölunda HCSHL19 0 22 2|        
  BIK KarlskogaHockeyAllsvenskan3 1 12 0|        
  Leksands IFHockeyAllsvenskan21 2 68 6|Qualification14 1 34
  Sweden U20WJC-207 1 01 12|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr16 1 12 16|        
 2016-2017 Frölunda HCSHL6 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HCChampions HL2 0 00 0|        
  IK OskarshamnHockeyAllsvenskan48 6 410 16|        
 2017-2018 Leksands IFHockeyAllsvenskan48 8 1119 12|Qualification11 0 11
 2018-2019 Leksands IFHockeyAllsvenskan49 11 1021 22|Qualification12 5 16
 2019-2020 Villacher SVICEHL48 19 1534 18|Playoffs3 1 12
 2020-2021 AIKHockeyAllsvenskan45 14 1024 16|Qualification6 1 23
 2021-2022 Villacher SVICEHL38 14 1428 4|Playoffs12 7 613
 2022-2023 StorhamarNorway37 8 1422 17|Playoffs17 8 311 27 
 2023-2024 HC Orli ZnojmoCzechia224 6 814 10|        
  SønderjyskEDenmark18 5 712 25|