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Erik Karlsson - "I obviously still think that I'm one of the best players in the world" [Report]

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Erik Karlsson's self-confidence certainly hasn't taken a hit after a couple of down seasons.

"I obviously still think that I'm one of the best players in the world," the San Jose Sharks defenseman said Saturday, according to The Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka. "That's where I've been for a very long time, that's where I want to go, that's where I want to stay."

Karlsson added: "For me, that's always going to be my expectation, and I hope that's going to be the case for the rest of my career, not only this year."


Since entering the NHL in 2009, Karlsson leads all defensemen with 626 points. He won the Norris Trophy while with the Ottawa Senators in 2012 and 2015, and he remains the league's highest-paid defenseman after signing an eight-year, $92-million contract with the Sharks in 2019.

However, Karlsson's play has been hampered by a number of injuries recently. After joining the Sharks in 2018, he underwent groin surgery in May 2019 and broke his thumb in February 2020. Karlson had the most unproductive campaign of his career last season with 22 points in 52 games.

Head coach Bob Boughner believes Karlsson can return to his elite form this campaign.

"He's a prideful guy. I think he wants to have a rebound season. He's prepared for that," Boughner said. "He's got a sense of seriousness to his approach and I think great players figure it out. You can't teach what he has."

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Injuries have really put a damper on his play, but he'd probably do better on a team that wasn't San Jose. They really need to actually rebuild for the first time in forever. 


Mind you, that's on him for taking such a massive contract, he's chained himself to the Sharks for better or worse. Part of why I hate these modern mega contracts. 

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3 minutes ago, Alflives said:

Was it the Matt Cook stomp (cut Achilles) that derailed EK most?  

Lol yeah. But he became a better all-around player after that. Forget what the injury was he played with through the 2017 playoffs, but has never been the same after that. Although, that was one of the most impressive playoff performances I'm ever seen from a defenseman or anyone.

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