Erik Karlsson is an offensive-minded defenseman on the Swedish men's hockey team, who plays in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators. At this point in his career, Karlsson's high point was the 2011-12 NHL season, when he won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman after blowing away the field to lead League defensemen in scoring -- 78 points (19 goals, 58 assists) in 82 games played.
- 2011-12: Won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.
- 2011 and 2012: Played in the NHL All-Star Game.
- Represented Sweden at the World Championships in both 2010 and 2012, winning a bronze medal in 2010.
- Won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2009 World Junior Championships.
Things to know:
1. After winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 2011-12, he suffered a gruesome injury in 2012-13. He suffered from a lacerated Achilles tendon after the skate of then Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke, leading to him -- and several NHL players -- switching to wearing cut-resistant Kevlar socks under their skates.
2. Is no relation to a 19-year-old Swedish forward also named Erik Karlsson, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012.
3. Shares a birthday, May 31, with 1980 U.S. Olympic goalie Jim Craig, who was born in 1957.