The Ottawa Senators have announced that captain Erik Karlsson will make his 2017-18 season debut tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Karlsson underwent surgery late in the offseason to repair tendons in his ankle that were injured during the Sens’ run to the Eastern Conference Final. While the team and the player have been pretty tight lipped around his return, today they finally decided to spill the beans. Karlsson is back.
Surprisingly enough, the Sens have actually faired quite well without their superstar defenseman in the lineup. They currently sport a 3-0-2 record through five games and have looked good in the process. Kyle Turris, Derick Brassard and Mark Stone have carried the team offensively and goaltenders Craig Anderson and Mike Condon have been phenomenal thus far.
With the addition of Karlsson to the team’s lineup, the Sens could vault themselves back into contender’s status this season. The 27-year-old defenseman led his team in scoring last season with a remarkable 17 goals and 71 points in 77 games. Who knows what he has in store for 2017-18?