Found April 04, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
One award the NHL does not offer that I think should exist is a most improved player award.  If such a thing existed, I think the clear winner this year should be Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.  He is the runaway top scoring defenceman in the NHL.  His defence is rapidly improving and this makes him a Norris Trophy candidate.  Some see him as the frontrunner, though I argue for Zdeno Chara.  This is a significant improvement from the 45 point season he had last year with the third worst +/- rating in the NHL.  Karlsson has now established himself as one of the top defencemen in the game.  He is a significant part of the reason Ottawa is a playoff team this season.  Ottawa is lucky to have him.

The Myth that Erik Karlsson Cannot Kill Penalties

  One of the familiar refrains for any of Erik Karlsson’s staunchest critics is that he does not play enough shorthanded minutes to merit serious consideration for the Norris Trophy. Incorrectly asserting that his average of 33 seconds of shorthanded ice-time per game must be some reflection of his abilities (or lack thereof) as a defender. It has created a situation in which...

Can Ottawa continue to surprise in playoffs?

It’s been a remarkable resurgence in Ottawa this season under rookie head coach Paul MacLean. The Senators, who finished 13th in the East and two points out of the conference cellar just a season ago, has rebounded in 2011-12 to have a quality season in qualifying for the playoffs.But can this team, led by veterans Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson and defensive dynamo Erik Karlsson...

Bits And Pieces From Sweden

Mika Zibanejad is already a fan favourite amongst fans in Ottawa, being talked about as one of the brightest stars in the shining prospect pool that is the Ottawa Senators system. An ocean and some non-important not-so-good-at-hockey countries away, there’s another capital city in which Mika has been bringing excitement to hockey fans. However, in Stockholm, things aren’t as...

Reasons Why Alfredsson Could Retire

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet, Let me preface this blog entry by saying I really don’t want Daniel Alfredsson to retire. He’s an absolute pleasure to deal with on a daily basis and after watching him score 27 goals this season, it’s clear that he can still play this game at a high level. But we need to acknowledge that Thursday night could mark Daniel Alfredsson’s final regular...

Senators D Gonchar out Tuesday vs. Hurricanes

Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar won't suit up Tuesday versus the Carolina Hurricanes because of a lower-body injury.Gonchar didn't practice with the team Tuesday and coach Paul MacLean called the injury "minor" when asked by reporters about the 37-year-old's status.Gonchar has five goals and 32 assists in 72 games for the Senators this season.Ottawa...

Most Improved Goalie This Season

Yesterday I wrote that I think Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is the most improved player this season.  Commenters quickly pointed out Brian Elliott of the St Louis Blues.  While Elliott has had a huge statistical improvement in his play this season, I do not see it as a huge sustained improvement.  I wouldn’t list him among the elite goalies in the NHL.  There are several...

Opponent’s scouting report: Craig Anderson

The surprising Ottawa Senators, who many analysts had pegged for a lottery pick this year, find themselves pretty well locked into the 7th spot in the East and a date with the division rival Boston Bruins in the first round.  No small part of Ottawa’s equation this season has been the play of goaltender Craig Anderson.  Anderson has gone through plenty of ups and downs in his...

81. Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators. Hey Ottawa, How's Our Ass Taste?

Oh Ottawa, how's our ass taste? That's what you say to someone who is in second place right? You ask them to eat a piece of your ass and then ask how it tasted? I don't remember what we did with Montreal last year, but I'm sure it involved a buffalo, live or stuff preferably stuffed for safety's sake, and a pitching wedge. Either way the Bruins are once against...

Report: Karlsson's shot at a top ten finish

It's safe to assume Erik Karlsson is going to post more points than any other defenseman this season. In fact, he's a remarkable 25 points up on current runner-ups Dustin Byfuglien and Brian Campbell. The question now: where will he finish among all skaters?With 78 points on the year, Karlsson is just two shy of the all-time mark for a Swedish blueliner, set by Nicklas Lidstrom...

Treehouse Of Season Enders Part 1: The Studs!

Thanks to Ian Gooding, we get the season enders off to a firecracker start.  Here we go..... =============================================== Fantasy All-Star TeamWere any of these players on your fantasy team? You were probably more successful this season if so.Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYRBased on all four traditional categories (GAA, SV%, W, SO), Lundqvist is the top fantasy goalie...
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