There will be no need for Ottawa Senators fans to worry about the contract status of Erik Karlsson for the forseeable future.
The Norris Trophy nominated defenceman was signed to a seven-year, $45.5 million dollar extension today; meaning one of the best young players in all of hockey will remain in the nation’s capital for the prime of his playing career.
On top of his nice new contract, the 22-year-old Swedish blueliner will be looking to add a major piece of hardware to his mantle as he is a finalist for the Norris Trophy awarded to the best defenceman in the league. Based on his offensive output from the backend of 19 goals and 79 points he should be the runaway winner, but voters often tend to vote for the more well-rounded players–which his competition Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber are considered to be.
Should he walk away with the award however, it would be the icing on the cake of a remarkable first three years of his NHL career. Already a two-time all-star, Karlsson has quickly established himself as the premier offensive defenceman in the league; with his smooth skating, puck control, and vision making him one of the rare players that alone is worth the price of admission.