Geek of the Week: Erik Karlsson

Terry Campkin




An in-depth look at Erik Karlsson, and the options of fantasy hockey owners…

Last Wednesday night, fantasy hockey leagues everywhere were turned on their heads when Erik Karlsson suffered an Achilles injury that will, in all likelihood, cost him the rest of the 2013 season. Earlier this week, Angus had a great piece breaking down the impact of the Karlsson injury. As a Karlsson owner myself, I wanted to take the opportunity to build on this and share the pain of the loss. It is a somewhat therapeutic geek of the week: Erik Karlsson


Karlsson's average draft position was 22 this season, which at the time I would have said is great second round value.  I was quite pleased to get him in the second round of the Dobber pro league and he has been a key contributor to my early lead in that pool (a lead that will now surely vanish). Anytime you lose a top pick to a long-term injury, your chances of winning plummet, but with Karlsson the impact is especially huge.  I ran the 2013 numbers through Fantasy Hockey Geek to show how big the impact is:

(Yahoo! standard 12 team roto league, G,A,+/-, PPP, SOG, Hits, GAA, Sv, W)