Lars William Karlsson (born 8 January 1993), nicknamed "Wild Bill", is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to playing for Vegas, Karlsson has also played in the NHL for Anaheim and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Karlsson with the Golden Knights in 2018
8 January 1993|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Vegas Golden Knights|
VIK Västerås HK
Columbus Blue Jackets
53rd overall, 2011|
Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue JacketsEdit
On 20 May 2013, Karlsson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, the team that drafted him in the second round, 55th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was returned on loan to HV71 for the 2013–14 season.
Karlsson made his NHL debut on 11 October 2014 and scored his first and second NHL goals on 13 October against Michal Neuvirth of the Buffalo Sabres. He was reassigned to Anaheim's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, on 24 November. Karlsson was reassigned between Norfolk and Anaheim for the remainder of the season, ultimately finishing the year in the AHL.
Vegas Golden KnightsEdit
On 21 June 2017, having been left "exposed" by Columbus for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Karlsson was selected by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The Blue Jackets traded a first-round pick, a second-round pick in 2019 and injured forward David Clarkson to Vegas with the agreement that the Golden Knights would select Karlsson.
Karlsson spent the 2017–18 season (Vegas' first in the NHL) centering a line with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault. This proved to be a productive line, with all three putting up career-high offensive numbers. Karlsson scored his first career NHL hat-trick on 31 December 2017 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, it also being the first hat-trick in Golden Knights history. He scored his second career NHL hat-trick on 18 March 2018 against the Calgary Flames. In addition to providing 35 assists and an NHL-high plus-minus rating of +45, Karlsson ended the regular season with 43 goals, setting a new NHL record for goals scored by a player in an expansion team's inaugural season. His 43 goals placed him third in NHL scoring, behind Patrik Laine (44) and Alexander Ovechkin (49). Karlsson was also named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for his high standard of play and sportsmanship. On 20 June, he was named the recipient of the trophy, becoming the first player since Wayne Gretzky to win an end-of-season award in their team's inaugural season in the NHL. Karlsson was also awarded the Guldpucken as the top Swedish ice hockey player in the 2017–18 season.
After his career-high season, on 4 August 2019, Karlsson signed a new one-year, $5.25 million contract with Vegas for the 2018–19 season. Karlsson described his decision to sign a one-year contract as "betting on [him]self a little" and that he would use the subsequent season to prove that his 2018–19 production "was no fluke".
On 24 June 2019, having produced 24 goals and 32 assists (56 points) in the 2018–19 season, Karlsson signed a new eight-year, $47.2 million contract with Vegas worth an average annual value of $5.9 million. The contract is effective from the 2019–20 season through to the 2027–28 season.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2009–10||VIK Västerås HK||J20||6||0||1||1||2||2||0||1||1||0|
|2010–11||VIK Västerås IK||J20||38||20||34||54||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||VIK Västerås IK||Allsv||14||1||3||4||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||VIK Västerås IK||Allsv||46||12||33||45||6||6||1||1||2||0|
|2011–12||VIK Västerås IK||J20||—||—||—||—||—||5||2||2||4||2|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||3||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||81||9||11||20||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||81||6||19||25||10||5||2||1||3||0|
|2017–18||Vegas Golden Knights||NHL||82||43||35||78||12||20||7||8||15||2|
|2018–19||Vegas Golden Knights||NHL||82||24||32||56||16||7||2||3||5||2|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honoursEdit
|SHL Rookie of the Year||2013|
|Elite Prospects, SHL Best Junior Award||2013|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy||2018|
|The Hockey News, Cam Neely Award (Breakout Player)||2018|
|U18 World Junior Silver Medal||2011|
|World Junior Gold Medal||2012|
|World Junior Silver Medal||2013|
|World Championship Gold Medal||2017|
- Rob Mixer; Columbus Blue Jackets. "Top prospect Karlsson ready for new chapter with Blue Jackets". NHL. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- "Vasteras season stats 2010-11". eliteprospects.com. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- "Ducks sign Karlsson to entry-level contract". Anaheim Ducks. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres". National Hockey League. 13 October 2014.
- "Karlsson, Etem Reassigned to Norfolk (AHL)". NHL.com. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- "Blue Jackets acquire William Karlsson, Rene Bourque and pick from Anaheim in exchange for James Wisniewski". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- "NHL expansion draft: Karlsson gets expected phone call". Columbus Dispatch. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- Lawless, Gary (21 November 2017). "Catching Up With William Karlsson". NHL.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- Yost, Travis (19 February 2018). "Is Las Vegas home to hockey's best line?". tsn.ca. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- "Karlsson gets first Golden Knights hat trick in win against Maple Leafs". NHL. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
- "Karlsson's hat trick helps Golden Knights beat Flames". sportsnet.ca. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
- Lawless, Gary (15 April 2018). "Erik Haula Ready To Feel Joy Of Playoffs". NHL.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
His highlight-reel goal against the San Jose Sharks tied him with Brian Bradley (TBL, 1992-93) for the most goals scored by a player on an expansion team in their inaugural season (excluding mergers) and he passed Bradley with a goal at Vancouver.
- "Alex Ovechkin Captures 2017-18 Rocket Richard Trophy". NHL.com. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
- "Lady Byng Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
- "Karlsson of Golden Knights wins Lady Byng for NHL sportsmanship". NHL.com. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "William Karlsson vinner Guldpucken" (in Swedish). Sportbladet. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- NHL.com (4 August 2019). "Karlsson signs one-year contract with Golden Knights". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- NHL.com (18 August 2018). "Karlsson determined to prove worth to Golden Knights". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- NHL.com (24 June 2019). "Karlsson signs eight-year contract with Golden Knights". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the SHL Rookie of the Year award
| Lady Byng Memorial Trophy