Karlsson Ready To Be Great?
O.k., the kid’s had his time in the NHL, so now what?
Is he ready to patrol the blue line on a full time basis, or is it time to help him improve his game outside the pressures of the NHL?
Karlsson represents an issue, that needs to be handled with kid gloves. The kid has moxy, and a tonne of confidence, and those are great attributes in a player. But they’re challenges when deciding how best to handle his development. No doubt Karlsson feels he can improve in the NHL, and would view any other situation as a set-back, or a demotion. The fact is, it isn’t. And having him accept that will be the main challange faced by management.
As much as I believe he earned the right to get 9 games in the NHL, I also believe his being here is also being used as a means to an end. The hope must be that Karlsson will see he’s not quit ready to DOMINATE at this level. And that is his ability, not just to play in the NHL, but to dominate in the NHL. Karlsson has to accept that he will attain this ability more quickly by improving his skill in either the A or the SEL, than he will struggling through in the NHL.
I think Karlsson has played great, for a 19 year old Swedish rookie. No I think it’s time for him to improve his game by dominating in the AHL, against men, in a NA environment.
It’s not a demotion, it’s a promotion. A promotion from 3rd pairing minutes, to top pairing minutes. From hopeful, to all-star. From facing criticism to facing cheers.
Erik, you’re gonna be great in the NHL, but it would be best to first be great in the AHL, and trust me, you will be.
Go get ‘em kid!