Is this the year Karlsson starts breaking records?

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson is 21 years old. And tiny. He’s also the undisputed No. 1 on this team, showing poise beyond his years and blue line scoring the Senators haven’t seen since Wade Redden was good at hockey.

Is this the year Karlsson starts breaking records?

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson is 21 years old. And tiny. He’s also the undisputed No. 1 on this team, showing poise beyond his years and blue line scoring ability the Senators haven’t seen since Wade Redden was good at hockey.

Karlsson played 28:11 against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night in all situations, a number that is slightly inflated by the fact it was an overtime game. Still, the next closest player (at 22:49) was Sergei Gonchar, who was brought in to play that top dog role while the young Swede found his game.

That has proven unnecessary. Karlsson was the Senators’ lone all-star last season, putting up 45 points in 75 games in his second season in the league.

This year, he has five points (all assists) in his first three games and the trust of coach Paul MacLean. The team’s shift to a hard-skating, puck possession game can only benefit his numbers.

Here are the Senators’ defensive scoring records:

Goals: 19 (Steve Duchesne)
Assists: 46 (Norm Maciver)
Points: 63 (Maciver)
Career points with Ottawa: 410 (Wade Redden)

Given Karlsson’s rapid development over his first two seasons, it appears plausible that the first three records could fall this season, with the last one within reach before long (Karlsson has 75 points in 137 career games).

The biggest obstacle is probably health, given Karlsson’s size, though he has great awareness on the ice and rarely gets caught in a bad spot.

So I put it to you Sens fan…is this the year Ottawa’s defenceman scoring records fall?

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