One of the most trickiest question heading out of this NHL season will feature Erik Karlsson and his future. Well, this same exact question mattered last year as well. Then he was finally traded to San Jose from Ottawa, but that might not be the end of whole saga.
Erik Karlsson has found his stride with the Sharks after early struggles, one would say. After being miserable in his first few games at the Bay, Karlsson is looking more like Karlsson again. In 37 games this year Swedish defenseman recorded two goals and 24 assists for 26 points including a 8-game point streak featuring 10 assists.
What about his future? Dan Rosen from nhl.com does not think Karlsson will be in San Jose at the beginning of the 2019-2020 NHL season. It is clear that the Sharks are all in this year. They were in the same situation last season, but after adding guy like Erik Karlsson, that´s definitely a huge kind of boost a team can get.
Tough time for Karlsson to focus on hockey
Whatever happens during current year, Erik Karlsson will be unrestricted free agent next July. If he does not resign with the Sharks, may the sweepstakes begin. And those one would be huge. Someone would surely overpay for such a brilliant defenseman. It is very important to see whether Karlsson will win the Stanley Cup or not next June. If he will, he can choose anybody who will offer him the largest amount of money. Otherwise he has to take Cup contenders in his considerations.
After challenging summer with moving from Ottawa, probably another one is ahead for Erik Karlsson. The pressure mounted on him is momentarily enormous. A 28-years old guy from Landsbro in Sweden is a cool one to easily handle all of this. Two-time Norris Trophy winner is far away from adding his third award this season, but that might be the question for upcoming seasons.
San Jose on the other hand will try to keep him within their roster. Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Erik Karlsson, all of these important guys will become UFAs and many important young weapons like Timo Meier, who is having an outstanding campaign, or Kevin Labanc, will be RFAs pending extensions too. Is sure looks like Karlsson´s spell in San Jose will be just a short one. But hey, nothing is sure in this league.