I barely knew who this guy was a few years ago but oh my God.
Karlsson leads all NHL defencemen with 57 points. That’s one thing, but bear in mind he leads my a margin of 17. Nobody else has more than 40 (Brian Campbell.)
Is he just piling up power play points? Nope; he has 10 more even strength points than any other defenceman.
Karlsson is +14 on a team that’s +4, making him 10 goals better than his own team (a rough measure, I know, but it’s telling) which is extremely high; I can’t offhand find any other defenceman on the scoring leaders with a delta like that. (There may be a few; I can’t do a decent search.)
Just watching him, he’s sensational. He does everything well. The Senators with him on the ice are a dangerous team that moves the puck quickly and attacks with gusto; when he’s sitting, they don’t look good at all.
I love the Sens and he’s amazing, but I won’t say the best in the NHL. He’s up there, though. He’s curbed his HUGE defensive gaffes from last year (he must have had one of the worst +/- in the NHL last year), but you still see them crop up from time to time, particularly when the Sens fortunes go dry, as they have for a few stretches this year.
If he plays out the rest of the season like it is now, I think he should win the Norris, hands down, though.