Potential middle-six, versatile centre.
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March 2020 – Karlsson has found new life since a mid-January trade to BIK Karlskroga. The 20-year-old has 16 points in his last 10 games and sits top-15 in Allsvenskan scoring. With his contract up at the end of this season, there’s a reasonable chance he crosses over and helps fill the emptying centre-ice cupboard within the Canucks’ pipeline. Cam Robinson
February 2019 – Karlsson has been traded from San Jose to Vancouver for Jonathan Dahlén. The 19-year-old has struggled to replicate the offensive dominance that was his calling card in the SuperElit during the 2017-18 campaign. His squad, Karlskrona, features several SHL veteran centres who vie for time ahead of the two-way Karlsson. He’s been finding his way from the middle-six for most of the year. Karlsson boasts high-end intelligence, a great work ethic and a strong release. He’s still growing and filling into his frame, but his maturity – especially on the defensive side of the puck, is impressive. His contract is up at the end of this season, so we may see the 87th overall selection from last June in the AHL to close out 2018-19 or begin 2019-20. Cam Robinson
October 2018 – Karlsson’s production has been low out of the gate in the Allsvenskan this year. So far he’s managed just three points in the first 11 games. It’s been a bit disappointing given his team, Karlskrona HK, was relegated from the SHL to the Allsvenskan last season. It’s important to remember, however, that Karlsson spent the majority of last season playing in the SuperElit, a Swedish junior league. The Allsvenskan is still a step up in competition for Karlsson and it can be tough for an 18-year-old player to earn ice time. Karlsson remains a long term project, but he has good upside. His numbers should improve as he gains some more experience playing against men this season. Chris Legg
June 2018 – The Sharks drafted the Swedish center with the 87th pick in the 2018 NHL entry draft. They must have liked what they saw from Karlsson this season as they traded the 114th and the 145th pick to move up and draft him. Karlsson led the SuperElit, the Swedish junior league, in goal scoring. He also finished second in points behind only Jonatan Berggren, a Detroit second rounder some had ranked in the first. Karlsson got into 13 games for the SHL’s Karlskrona HK, he only posted a single assist but just playing in the SHL is a positive for an 18 year old player. Karlsson is an offensive player, he possesses a good shot, good hands and he has the size that won’t hurt his chances of developing into an NHLer. Karlskrona was relegated from the SHL to the Allsvenskan for the coming season so barring any surprises that is where Karlsson will play. It will be intriguing to see if he can continue to shine as he adapts to playing against men. Chris Legg