Karlsson expects to be ready for training camp next month

As he attends Sweden’s Olympic orientation camp in Stockholm, Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson says he expects to be “100 per cent” when the NHL training camp begins in September.

The news from Sweden on Wednesday about Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson was all good — everything, that is, except the fact his left foot is still numb and that it’s “not really connecting down there.”

Six months after a collision with Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cooke that left Karlsson with a severed left Achilles tendon, Karlsson — who is slated to make $5.5 million in 2013-14 and represents a salary-cap hit of $6.5 million — is still feeling the effects.

As he attended Sweden’s Olympic orientation camp in Stockholm, the 23-year-old Karlsson was optimistic in an interview with Swedish reporter Marie Lehmann of SVT, saying he expects to be “100 per cent” when the NHL training camp begins in September.

But it’s more than a little worrisome that his left foot remains numb because it’s missing a few nerves.

“I’m sure I’ll be able to skate 100 per cent when the season starts,” said Karlsson. “This summer has been my best so far, workout-wise.

“The normal feeling isn’t there, but I’m getting used to not normal. It’s not really connecting down there.”

Karlsson’s left Achilles tendon was partially severed in a Feb. 13 game in Pittsburgh, when Cooke pinned him against the boards and cut him with his left skate.

Karlsson was supposed to be gone for the season, but he returned 10 weeks after he was injured to play three regular-season games and 10 games in two playoff series.

After the Senators were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, Karlsson conceded he was not 100 per cent recovered from the injury.

That was evident.

He initially looked great, and even scored in his first game back to help the Senators clinch a playoff berth with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

But as the playoffs wore on, he looked like he was worn out and not even close to peak condition.

He’s spent most of the summer training in Gothenburg, but is expected to return to Ottawa in the next week or so.

Everyone has their fingers crossed.

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