William Karlsson
William Karlsson
27-Year-Old CenterC
Vegas Golden Knights
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Flush with cash as a third-year club, Vegas signed Karlsson to an eight-year, $47 million contract in June. He and Senators castoff Mark Stone -- who inked an eight-year, $76 million deal of his own -- project to be the cornerstones of a young franchise that has already experienced unprecedented success, including a Stanley Cup Final appearance in its inaugural season. Karlsson dialed in 24 goals, 32 assists and 14 power-play points last year, but the output looks paltry compared to his numbers from 2018-19, when he stacked a career-high 78 points on top of a league-best plus-49 rating. The Golden Knights have a lot vested in "Wild Bill," so he should continue seeing plentiful man-advantage minutes while cementing his status as a set-and-forget fantasy option. Read Past Outlooks
$Karlsson signed an eight-year extension with Las Vegas worth an average annual value of $5.9 million in June of 2019.
Struggling to find back of net
CVegas Golden Knights
March 22, 2020
Karlsson has 15 goals, 46 points and a plus-11 rating in 63 games this season.
ANALYSIS
Karlsson's offensive production has tapered off quickly after his breakout campaign in 2017-18 -- over the last three seasons, he's tallied 78, 56 and 46 points, respectively. The 27-year-old forward has just two power-play goals while his shooting percentage has fallen to 10.9 percent.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:52
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:57
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:55
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
18:43
2:24
1:39
2018–19
18:51
2:26
1:32
2019–20
18:52
1:57
1:55
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After being exposed by the Blue Jackets and getting selected by Vegas in the expansion draft, Karlsson was arguably the biggest fantasy surprise of 2017-18. Centering the top line with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault, Karlsson scored a whopping 43 goals last season. After recording just 15 goals in two seasons with Columbus, his transformation into an elite goal-scorer almost seems unfathomable. Karlsson and the Golden Knights avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.25 million contract in the summer, as the centre will have to prove 2017-18 was no fluke. Karlsson is a special player, but expecting him to sustain his 23.4 shooting percentage and record another 40-goal season is unrealistic. While a regression is likely, look for Karlsson to still be a dynamic scorer on the top line and first power-play unit.
Karlsson put together a second straight quality campaign in 2016-17, filling a bottom-six role for the Blue Jackets that didn't provide him with many scoring opportunities but allowed him to show effective two-way play. The 24-year-old doesn't have any one elite skill, but his well-rounded game should provide him with a long NHL career, and he could put some extra points on the board in the right situation — like the one he now finds himself in after being selected by Las Vegas in the expansion draft. On a Golden Knights squad lacking established scoring threats up the middle, Karlsson may be receive more opportunities than he saw in Columbus.
Karlsson played a full NHL schedule for the first time in his young career last year and showed flashes of potential, but the 23-year-old still only managed 20 points while skating on the third and fourth lines for a poor Columbus team. The Jackets' lack of depth up the middle could allow him to sneak into a larger role at some point should injuries strike, and he could be productive if given a chance, but he mostly appears to be little more than an afterthought in a system flush with top prospects pushing their way toward the NHL.
The 21-year-old Karlsson will compete for the Ducks' third-line center job in training camp against fellow Swede Rickard Rakell. Should he fail to win the gig, a full season at AHL Norfolk likely awaits for Karlsson.
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Two apples in win
CVegas Golden Knights
March 8, 2020
Karlsson tallied two assists, one with the man advantage, in Sunday's 5-3 win over Calgary.
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Deposits 100th career goal
CVegas Golden Knights
March 3, 2020
Karlsson scored a goal and dished an assist in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Devils.
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Finds twine Friday
CVegas Golden Knights
February 28, 2020
Karlsson scored a goal on five shots and won 15 of 19 faceoffs in Friday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
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Dishes helper Wednesday
CVegas Golden Knights
February 26, 2020
Karlsson notched an assist in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Oilers.
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Hats off Sunday
CVegas Golden Knights
February 23, 2020
Karlsson posted a hat trick in Sunday's 6-5 overtime win over the Ducks.
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