Erik Karlsson Stats
- Height / Weight
- 72 / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/31/1990 (33)
Erik Karlsson Last 10 Games
Erik Karlsson News
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second period of Saturday's 3-2 victory against the Maple Leafs. Karlsson gave the Penguins their third goal of the night with a slap-shot from the blue line that got past Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll. Karlsson's goal was his sixth of the season, along with 12 assists and a total of 18 points through 20 games. The 33-year-old ranks third on the team in points with center Evgeni Malkin, and the defenseman is one of the most valuable players at his position after a career-high 101 points with the Sharks in the 2022-23 season.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Erik Karlsson was at his best in Wednesday's matchup against the Red Wings, amassing three points in a 6-3 defeat. He had his first goal as a Penguin and registered two assists. The Penguins blew an early lead in spectacular style, but Karlsson had a fine outing, going plus-two in 27:56 of ice time and logging four shots on goal with one hit. He now boasts four points (one goal, three assists) in four games with 12 shots on goal. It has taken some time for Karlsson to get going in 2023-24, but hopefully, Wednesday night was a sign of things to come.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has given his sign of approval to the addition of Erik Karlsson. "I love the addition, to be honest," Letang told Matt Vensel of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Trust me, every coach in the NHL wants an Erik Karlsson. Every coach in the NHL wants Crosby and Malkin on the power play. Now imagine if you have all of them." It remains to be seen how the power-play situation works out in Pittsburgh, now that there are two world-class right-shot defensemen on the team. Letang has been quarterbacking the top unit for years and notched most (21) of his points (41) with the man advantage in 2022-23.
Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson finally has a new home after the San Jose Sharks traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. The two teams agreed on a deal that also involved the Montreal Canadiens. In the trade, the Penguins departed with defensemen Jan Rutta and Jeff Petry, forwards Mikael Granlund and Nathan Legare, and goaltender Casey DeSmith, while also giving away a couple of draft picks. Karlsson was desperate to move on from a struggling Sharks team and had requested a trade. He's the first reigning Norris Trophy winner since Doug Harvey in 1961 to get traded. Karlsson was spectacular last season, posting a career-high 101 points (25 goals, 76 assists), and he now finds himself in a great position to enjoy another productive campaign, while also having a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.