Anton Karlsson | LW Frolunda | Sweden
Height: 6’1” Weight: 203 Shoots: Left
Born: August 3, 1996

Career Statistics
2011-2012   Frolunda J18   GP: 17   G: 11   A: 16   P: 27   +/-: 17   PIM: 26
2012-2013   Frolunda J20   GP: 17   G: 4     A: 4     P: 8     +/-: 12   PIM: 37

Player Overview

Anton Karlsson and brother Erik (Carolina Hurricanes) have 
both played their way through Frolunda's organization
(Photo Credit: NHL)
Anton is yet another player eligible this year, who has family playing hockey. Anton’s brother Erik, not of the Ottawa Senators, is also a forward for Frolunda and was drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NHL Draft to the Carolina Hurricanes. However, the younger Karlsson seems poised to outdo his brother, as he is currently ranked to go in the top ten of the 2014 Draft.

And rightfully so, Karlsson does posses a well rounded and highly skilled game. From an offensive perspective, he has been described as crafty. With great vision, Karlsson has, and should continue to develop as an extremely capable playmaker. However, scouts also point to his wrist shot as a potent weapon in his game. ISS scout, Ross MacLean, calls Karlsson a gifted scorer who can start and finish plays. His ability to handle the puck in traffic and at high speeds only serves to increase offensive potential.

However, one aspect that really stands out is Karlsson’s North American style of play. Already possessing good size at 6-foot-1 and 203 pounds, Karlsson is “an aggressive, pounding forward,” who can also play the role of a pest. He is noted for his strong play along the boards and his “tireless” forechecking ability.

Karlsson has also served the role as a leader in international play. Last season, Karlsson served as Sweden’s U17 captain and their U18 team’s assistant captain. Thus far this season, the young winger has been the captain of Sweden’s U18 team.

This season though, one report has arisen that Karlsson is playing somewhat selfish, looking to shoot first rather than dishing it to a teammate. Whether or not this claim is substantiated remains to be seen. However, Karlsson is off to a good start this season with nine goals and seven assists in sixteen games. Given the reports, he projects to be an effective two way player with good offensive skills.