Originally posted on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 8/9/12

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It's been quite the offseason for Erik Karlsson. Between winning the Norris Trophy, inking a new seven-year, $45.5 million contract and getting married, everything has been coming up aces for the Senators' defenceman. With such an impressive string of good fortune, I suppose it was only a matter of time before Karlsson took the next step in his development and maturation: being used as a comparable talent that another organization's prospects can eventually measure up to. From a NHL.com article by Mike Morreale that discusses the Carolina Hurricanes' Ryan Murphy: "I think he's ready for the challenge of stepping up and trying to win a job at the [professional level]," Carolina's director of amateur scouting, Tony MacDonald, told NHL.com. "He's the same type of player as an Erik Karlsson in Ottawa. I don't want to compare the two, but he plays the same type of game that Karlsson plays … he's a dynamic defenseman who makes a lot of things happen off the rush. He is an excellent q...
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