-The Sens officially signed NCAA free agent Ludwig Karlsson on Thursday. The official release indicates Karlsson missed much of this past season due to a wrist injury and beyond not being drafted his appearance at Nashville’s camp (two weeks ago) and Anaheim’ s (last year) were not enough to induce either organisation to sign him. Karlsson talked about the signing:
I’m a big guy that can skate and that loves to have the puck. I like to play fast and move the puck to my teammates and score goals. I’ve heard good stuff about the staff in Binghamton and I’m going to learn from them and earn a lot of experience. I’m aware of how important the hockey culture is in Ottawa and to their fans. I want to make the Ottawa Senators, that’s my main goal. I know it’s going to take a lot of work on my part to get to that. I have a lot to learn and I know this is the right spot for me to do just that.
Corey Pronman offered this brief assessment:
Solid skill, big shot. Low to mid tier prospect.
There’s really no other scouting material that I’ve been able to find, but his NCAA numbers seem to reflect Pronman’s opinion.
[Sept.1: Karlsson was listed as the 7th best college free agent by Red Line Report back in 2012. They had this to say about him:
The Swedish winger arrived on the scene this year and showed gifted offensive instincts in leading Northeastern in scoring as a rookie – albeit a 21-year old freshman. Has a nice long stride and mixes up speeds well to beat defenders. Very good hands and stickhandles well enough to beat defenders off the rush and create passing lands for teammates. Quick release and has a goal scorer’s touch. Has a fine-sized frame, but needs to work on strength to get better in battles along the walls. Reminds us of fellow Swede Victor Stahlberg, who played in Hockey East for Vermont.
So there’s the best scouting assessment I’ve seen.]
-One of the questions Ludwig‘s signing raises is the impact it has on Binghamton. The B-Sens have a lot of forwards already signed and it’s difficult to imagine all of them are going to be retained (even if Stephane Da Costa ultimately walks there’s 15 players who could play in the AHL). To my mind if a piece is moved Jakub Culek is the obvious choice, but I’m not sure what (if any) value he has.
one evaluator’s opinions are subjective and should never be taken as the be-all and end-all of analysis.
This is absolutely the case. As I mentioned at the time, it’s interesting food for thought, but that’s about it.
-Here’s the 2012-13 appreciation video for the B-Sens.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)