Ottawa Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson is full of compliments for Drew Doughty.
But he’s not overly keen on measuring himself against the Los Angeles Kings star defenceman.
“He’s a good player, he’s fun to watch,” Karlsson said before Wednesday’s game pitting the two former Norris Trophy-nominated (Karlsson won in 2011-12) blueliners against each other. “But I don’t really care about all that stuff, at all. I know what I do and everybody is different. Obviously, people like to compare me (to him), but it’s not really something I care about.”
Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in the Senators season opening 1-0 win over Buffalo last Friday, but he had some rough patches in the Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Toronto. Like most players, he’s hoping for a more steady diet of action to get into a rhythm and to discover how his body is holding up following last season’s Achilles surgery.
“I just want to be able to play the way I used to and try to play day by day, trying to figure my body out and make sure I feel as good as possible,” he said. “We’ve only played two games, so it’s tough to say how everything feels.”