If I were putting together this list back in October, Erik Karlsson wouldn’t have been on it.
But thanks to this year’s exploits, he’s now an easy choice for one of the all-time Senators.
Karlsson has played only two-and-a-half seasons with Ottawa, but is already fifth on the all-time points list for defencemen. Barring injury or a major slump (and it would have to be Bill Muckalt-type slump), he should be fourth by the time the season ends, with an outside shot of overtaking third.
This season, he leads all defencemen in points, and by a pretty large margin too. If he keeps up this pace, he’ll end up with the second highest scoring season of any defencemen since the lockout with 77 points (Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom had an 80-point season in the 2005-06 season).
He’s made the all-star team twice. He should be a shoo-in for the Norris trophy this year. Not just the nomination, but the trophy.
I’d write more, but the kid is only 21 years old! He hasn’t had time to do a lot of stuff yet. But he’s certainly started off his career strong in Ottawa.
Give him a few more years at this rate, and he’ll be a top three all-time Senator.