Super stats: Karlsson playing beyond his years, Anderson improving

Erik Karlsson has been running away with the scoring lead among defencemen for some time now (he’s 10 up on Florida’s Brian Campbell now, thanks to a two-point night against the Rangers Thursday), but just as impressive is the trust the Senators have in their 21-year-old phenom when it comes to ice time.

Super stats: Karlsson playing beyond his years, Anderson improving
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Erik Karlsson has been running away with the scoring lead among defencemen for some time now (he’s 10 up on Florida’s Brian Campbell now, thanks to a two-point night against the Rangers Thursday), but just as impressive is the trust the Senators have in their 21-year-old phenom when it comes to ice time.

Karlsson currently ranks 10th in the league in average ice time per game, at 25:26.

Pretty good…better if you look at who is ahead of him. Here are the top nine:

1. Dan Girardi, NYR — 27:16
2. Ryan Suter, NSH — 26:57
3. Duncan Keith, CHI — 26:26
4. Shea Weber, NSH — 26:18
5. Brian Campbell, FLA — 26:17
6. Kris Letang, PIT — 26:10
7. Jay Bouwmeester, CAL — 26:02
8. Francois Beauchemin, ANA — 25:50
9. Dan Boyle, SJ — 25:37

Average age of those players — 28.55 years old. Karlsson is still years away from his ‘prime,’ which makes you wonder where the ceiling is for him once he picks up a little more strength and experience.

Side note: The only other defencemen in Karlsson’s age range in the top-20 are 22-year-old Drew Doughty (14th), 20-year-old Cam Fowler (17th) and 21-year-old Alex Pietrangelo (2oth). Letang is 24.

Another notable: Karlsson may not be scoring goals at his usual pace this season, but it’s not for a lack of trying. He leads all defencemen in shots on goal with 153, with Dan Boyle trailing at 134. Karlsson’s shots may not go in, but many turn into assists, which goes to show you it’s almost never a bad idea to just put the puck on net.

ANDERSON IMPROVING

Craig Anderson’s goals-against average is finally, mercifully under 3.00, thanks to last night’s shutout. Another sign that Anderson’s game is trending in the right direction is his save percentage. It’s now .906 after being sub-.900 for most of the season, with improvements every month:

October — .881
November — .903
December — .907
January — .946

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