I’m going to get into this more after Saturday’s game, and take a deeper look at individual players through the “quarter mark” of the season with a thorough stats post. But with Lundin returning (err…making his debut) last night, and Karlsson playing a season low 16 seconds on the PK, this seemed as good a time as any to make my point.
For the remainder of the seaaon, it would probably be wise to play Karlsson as little on the penalty-kill as he did last year. I’m not saying he’ll never be a decent player on the PK, but he isn’t one right now:
This really isn’t a big deal, Karlsson really isn’t made for shot-blocking anyway. The precedent has been set, you can win a Norris playing fewer than 40 seconds of PK a game. Karlsson isn’t the prototypical “complete” defenseman…he’s something better…from the future.