Ottawa Senators sign first-round pick Karlsson to entry-level deal

OTTAWA – Defenceman Erik Karlsson, the Ottawa Senators’ first-round pick in the 2008 entry draft, has signed an entry-level contract with the club.

Karlsson, 18, recently completed his second season with the Frolunda HC Indians of the Swedish Elite League, recording five goals and five assists in 45 games. He also added a goal and two assists in 11 playoff games.

Senators forward Dany Heatley, who’s playing for Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship in Switzerland, wasn’t surprised the Senators signed the promising blue-liner.

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“He’s a great offensive defenceman, I think it was just a matter of time before we signed him,” said Heatley. “I’m looking forward to seeing him at camp.”

Sens fans will be familiar with Karlsson, who won a silver medal with Sweden at this year’s world junior championship in Ottawa.