Just as Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson began to look like he was back to perfect form after last season’s Achilles injury, the Swedish star was benched by head coach Paul MacLean today. Karlsson was glued to the pine for much of the 1st frame against the Florida Panthers because of a turnover in the opening minutes of the 1st period that led directly to a goal against.
As the game went on Karlsson’s ice time increased, allowing him to finish the contest with 21:04 TOI (time on ice). The offensively gifted blueliner can be high-risk/high-reward sometimes – a trait NHL coaches don’t always appreciate.
In his post game comments the young Swede did not seem bothered by the benching. He told James Gordon of Senators Extra dot com:
“Hey, it’s not a career without getting benched, huh?”
Senators head coach Paul MacLean’s explanation for benching Karlsson in the 1st period:
“He was playing for both teams, maybe a little more for their team.”
Erik Karlsson and Paul MacLean quotes courtesy of Senators Extra dot com. Read full article here.