Melker Karlsson
Melker Karlsson
29-Year-Old CenterC
San Jose Sharks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Karlsson is trending in the wrong direction as far as his fantasy prospects are concerned. While compiling 100 points (54 goals, 46 assists) through 335 career contests is not a shabby haul for a bottom-six forward, the Melk Man's rookie output in 2014-15 -- one that's comprised of 13 goals and 11 assists -- stands as his most productive season to date. Karlsson serves in an important penalty-killing capacity for San Jose, but there won't be much interest in him beyond that of an occasional punt-play for daily fantasy purposes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Sharks in May 2017.
Generates assist
CSan Jose Sharks
May 8, 2019
Karlsson posted an assist with three shots and two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
Karlsson managed two assists in seven games while adding 11 shots on goal. He has been used mostly on the fourth line in the playoffs, which has given him little opportunity to correct his scoring struggles. However, he had only 16 points in 79 regular-season games, so there's not a high ceiling on his production.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Karlsson was a solid bottom-six contributor for the Sharks in 2018-19, notching eight goals and 19 points in 71 games, but those numbers are nowhere near what's required to be considered a viable option at forward in most season-long fantasy leagues. The 6-foot Swede will continue to be an important member of San Jose's penalty-killing unit and an occasional contributor on offense this season, but he should go undrafted in the majority of fantasy formats.
The Melk Man has been delivering at a slow but steady clip, with fantasy owners receiving 34 goals and 31 assists from the Finn over his first three NHL seasons. On the downside, this species of Shark is rather docile even when provoked (only 31 PIM in 185 career games), and the lack of strength has been problematic for Karlsson, who dealt with ankle and unspecified lower-body injuries last season. Still, the Sharks barely had time to lament an early exit from the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs before the team renewed Karlsson's contract for two years and $6 million. This shows that Team Teal is hedging on the versatile forward's upside, and virtual GM's should consider following suit.
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.
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Snaps 17-game point drought
CSan Jose Sharks
April 30, 2019
Karlsson registered an assist and two shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 3.
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Good to go against Colorado
CSan Jose Sharks
April 26, 2019
Karlsson (undisclosed) will play in Friday's Game 1 matchup against Colorado, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Question mark for Game 1
CSan Jose Sharks
April 25, 2019
Karlsson's status for Friday's Game 1 against the Avalanche is unclear, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Opens scoring in loss
CSan Jose Sharks
March 14, 2019
Karlsson's 12th goal of the year gave the Sharks a lead, but they ultimately fell 4-2 to the Panthers on Thursday.
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Buries both shots Sunday
CSan Jose Sharks
March 3, 2019
Karlsson scored on both of his shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
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