Ottawa Senators have Erik Karlsson under consideration for Bill Masterton Trophy
Karlsson has yet to return to full form, the one which earned him the reputation of being among the top elite defenseman in the league and the dominance he showed on the ice.
Just an year ago he had sustained an Achilles tendon injury which had put him on hold for a long time. He was nowhere near coming back in the team for a long duration and was on rehab and practice, getting back in form and regaining physical strength.
Even though Karlsson astonished everyone by making a quick recovery from the injury which was months ahead of schedule, he didn’t return back in the same form that he left the ice. His game was rusty and he seemed to be out of practice. Practice is way different than regular games and that was evident from the way he played, as absence of regular games had left him slow and unprepared.
Still, he has been hard at work improving his form and it is bearing fruit. He has 70 points and 20 goals, which has made him a strong contender for the Bill Masterton Trophy that the Senators award to their players. It is awarded to players who have shown spirit, determination and sportsman conduct and considering how he plays, there is no doubt he is a strong nominee.
Karlsson said that it was good to be nominated and after the injury he was back to square one and has since been rebuilding himself.
“It’s nice to be recognized. When I played the first 14 or 15 games or whatever it was (last season), I felt really good about myself. I felt that my game was going to the peak of where I wanted to be,” Karlsson said, “and this came along and kind of ruined everything and I kind of had to start all over a bit. It was tough physically and mentally to try and figure out what to do to be successful.”