27-Year-Old Center – San Jose Sharks
Melker Karlsson Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Sharks in May 2017.
Karlsson (upper body) is eligible to return to action Tuesday against the Flyers, Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Yet another Sharks forward who alternates between the wing and center positions, Karlsson produced a modest 19 points while averaging 13:31 of ice time across 65 NHL contests last season before showing much of the same in the playoffs (eight in 24 games). The 26-year-old Swede actually took a slight step back from his rookie season (24 points in 53 games), so he’ll be looking to correct that trend – again in a depth role – heading into 2015-16. If he gets a shot with the big boys on a scoring line at some point, he’ll certainly be worth a shot in daily formats, but until Karlsson shows some sort of sustained production, those in season-long leagues will probably want to watch from a distance.
The Sharks signed Karlsson out of Sweden last offseason, and he burst onto the scene last year as a 24-year-old rookie, enjoying goood health and a regular role -- sometimes even a premier role -- after being called up from AHL Worcester in the first half of December. He's more of a complementary scorer than a potential star, but Karlsson should be in line to enjoy a full season with the Sharks, and he could very well spend some of that time skating top-six minutes with power-play time. There's value to be had in deeper leagues here, but in more standard formats, there are higher-upside youngsters to pursue.