Karlsson respects Doughty, but won’t make comparisons

Ottawa Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson is full of compliments for Drew Doughty.

Karlsson respects Doughty, but won’t make comparisons
Drew Doughty #8 and Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate the Kings' 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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.”

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