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Lars William Karlsson (born 8 January 1993), nicknamed "Wild Bill",[1] 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.

William Karlsson
William Karlsson 2018-02-04 1.jpg
Karlsson with the Golden Knights in 2018
Born (1993-01-08) 8 January 1993 (age 26)
Märsta, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
VIK Västerås HK
HV71
Anaheim Ducks
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 2011
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2011–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

SwedenEdit

In the 2011–12 season, Karlsson finished in 12th place in Allsvenskan scoring after recording 45 points in 46 games, the second-most on his team.[2] He made his senior Elitserien debut with HV71.

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.[3]

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.[4] He was reassigned to Anaheim's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, on 24 November.[5] Karlsson was reassigned between Norfolk and Anaheim for the remainder of the season, ultimately finishing the year in the AHL.

On 2 March 2015, Karlsson was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets (along with Rene Bourque and a second-round draft pick in 2015) in exchange for James Wisniewski and a third-round pick in 2015.[6]

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.[7]

Karlsson spent the 2017–18 season (Vegas' first in the NHL) centering a line with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault.[8] This proved to be a productive line, with all three putting up career-high offensive numbers.[9] 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.[10] He scored his second career NHL hat-trick on 18 March 2018 against the Calgary Flames.[11] 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.[12] His 43 goals placed him third in NHL scoring, behind Patrik Laine (44) and Alexander Ovechkin (49).[13] Karlsson was also named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for his high standard of play and sportsmanship.[14] 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.[15] Karlsson was also awarded the Guldpucken as the top Swedish ice hockey player in the 2017–18 season.[16]

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.[17] 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".[18]

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.[19] The contract is effective from the 2019–20 season through to the 2027–28 season.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2012–13 HV71 SHL 50 4 24 28 12 5 0 2 2 0
2012–13 HV71 J20 2 2 2 4 2
2013–14 HV71 SHL 55 15 22 37 14 8 3 4 7 8
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 9 2 7 9 6 8 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 18 2 1 3 2
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 35 7 14 21 2
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 15 0 0 0 0
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
SHL totals 105 19 46 65 26 13 3 6 9 8
NHL totals 247 85 99 184 46 32 11 12 23 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden WJC18   6 2 3 5 6
2012 Sweden WJC   6 1 1 2 0
2013 Sweden WJC   6 0 2 2 2
2017 Sweden WC   10 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 18 3 6 9 8
Senior totals 10 1 2 3 0
 
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
  2012 Calgary
  2013 Ufa

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
SHL
SHL Rookie of the Year 2013
Elite Prospects, SHL Best Junior Award 2013
NHL
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy 2018
The Hockey News, Cam Neely Award (Breakout Player) 2018
Viking Award 2018
International
U18 World Junior Silver Medal 2011
World Junior Gold Medal 2012
World Junior Silver Medal 2013
World Championship Gold Medal 2017

RecordsEdit

  • Holds the NHL record for most goals scored (43) by a single player in an expansion team's inaugural season (previously Brian Bradley with Tampa Bay (42) from 1993–2018).[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rob Mixer; Columbus Blue Jackets. "Top prospect Karlsson ready for new chapter with Blue Jackets". NHL. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Vasteras season stats 2010-11". eliteprospects.com. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Ducks sign Karlsson to entry-level contract". Anaheim Ducks. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres". National Hockey League. 13 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Karlsson, Etem Reassigned to Norfolk (AHL)". NHL.com. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "NHL expansion draft: Karlsson gets expected phone call". Columbus Dispatch. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  8. ^ Lawless, Gary (21 November 2017). "Catching Up With William Karlsson". NHL.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ Yost, Travis (19 February 2018). "Is Las Vegas home to hockey's best line?". tsn.ca. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Karlsson gets first Golden Knights hat trick in win against Maple Leafs". NHL. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Karlsson's hat trick helps Golden Knights beat Flames". sportsnet.ca. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  12. ^ a b 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.
  13. ^ "Alex Ovechkin Captures 2017-18 Rocket Richard Trophy". NHL.com. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Lady Byng Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Karlsson of Golden Knights wins Lady Byng for NHL sportsmanship". NHL.com. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  16. ^ "William Karlsson vinner Guldpucken" (in Swedish). Sportbladet. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  17. ^ NHL.com (4 August 2019). "Karlsson signs one-year contract with Golden Knights". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  18. ^ NHL.com (18 August 2018). "Karlsson determined to prove worth to Golden Knights". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  19. ^ NHL.com (24 June 2019). "Karlsson signs eight-year contract with Golden Knights". Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johan Larsson
Winner of the SHL Rookie of the Year award
2013
Succeeded by
Andreas Johnsson
Preceded by
Johnny Gaudreau
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
2018
Succeeded by
Aleksander Barkov