William Karlsson
William Karlsson
28-Year-Old CenterC
Vegas Golden Knights
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Karlsson can blame a short season for setting a new low in scoring output (14 goals, 39 points in 56 games) in his Golden Knights tenure. All things considered, he's still the team's top center barring any blockbuster trades. The Swede likely would have exceeded his 46-point output from 2019-20 in a full campaign, and he could have challenged to return to the 60-point mark. The 28-year-old should remain involved in all situations heading into 2021-22, giving him some added appeal in formats that count shorthanded points. The rest of his offense will likely come down to how well his playmaking suits the other top-six forwards on the roster, namely longtime linemates Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $47.2 million contract extension with the Golden Knights in June of 2019.
Assists on both goals in loss
CVegas Golden Knights
June 24, 2021
Karlsson produced two assists, four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 6.
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Karlsson had the secondary helper on goals by Reilly Smith and Alec Martinez in Thursday's contest. While most of the Golden Knights' top six went quiet in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, Karlsson still managed to produce five helpers in six games. He finished the postseason with 16 points, 34 shots, 25 hits and a plus-10 rating in 19 outings.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:40
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:43
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:47
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
18:51
2:26
1:32
2019–20
18:52
1:57
1:55
2020–21
18:40
2:43
1:47
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We knew Karlsson's 43-goal season in 2017-18 was a fluke, but now we're wondering where his floor lies. His 15 goals and 46 points last season were his lowest totals as a Knight, and that performance was barely passable for a top-six center. He's a beneficiary of ice time on a team that lacks depth down the middle, but it's becoming increasingly clear Vegas will need someone more talented to take advantage of its star wingers. He's already been supplanted on the power play by the Golden Knights younger but more talented centers, and that will put a cap on his offensive production heading into 2020-21. There's not much risk with Karlsson, but at such a deep position, fantasy managers are probably better off taking chances on players with more upside in the middle rounds.
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.
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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Dishes helper Sunday
CVegas Golden Knights
June 20, 2021
Karlsson notched an assist in Sunday's 2-1 overtime win over the Canadiens in Game 4.
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Riding six-game point streak
CVegas Golden Knights
June 16, 2021
Karlsson notched an assist and four hits in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 2.
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Delivers assist
CVegas Golden Knights
June 14, 2021
Karlsson provided an assist and went plus-2 in Monday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1.
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Deposits goal in win
CVegas Golden Knights
June 10, 2021
Karlsson scored a goal on two shots in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Avalanche in Game 6.
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Dishes three assists
CVegas Golden Knights
June 6, 2021
Karlsson produced three assists, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Avalanche in Game 4.
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