He just continues to impress in North America.
Last night, Linus Karlsson scored twice for the Vancouver Canucks.
– He is super dangerous, says head coach Jeremy Colliton in a statement.
Last season came the big breakthrough for youngster Linus Karlsson in the SHL. With an impressive 26 goals and 46 points in total in 52 games, the forward really convinced Skellefteå AIK.
It resulted in a much-deserved NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks this spring, and now the 22-year-old is getting his big chance in North America. Karlsson is currently in the NHL team’s preseason camp and impressed greatly in the night’s rookie game.
When the Vancouver Canucks rookie team met the Edmonton Oilers rookie team during a mini-tournament, Karlsson scored twice with double goals, see the complete hits below. Unfortunately, the goals were in vain as the Canucks still fell 2-5 last night, but the Swede absolutely strengthened his stock to get an NHL chance next season.
– It’s always fun to score, but we lost and it sucks, says Karlsson in a statement.
– I gained better and better self-confidence during the week. In the beginning it was like that, but it got better as the tournament went on.
Celebrate the promise
Karlsson’s contribution is also highly praised by the Swedish acquaintance Jeremy Colliton. The former Mora coach is the new head coach for Vancouver’s farm team Utica and has had the main responsibility for the rookie tournament.
– He knows when to throw pucks on goal and he finds a way to put himself in the right positions. “He’s not only a good shooter, either, but he sees the game well, so for him it’s just about finding a way to the part of the ice where he’s super dangerous,” Colliton said in a statement on Twitter.
The match last night was the end of the rookie tournament and later this week the NHL team’s big training camp begins, where the more experienced players step into the action. It remains to be seen if the Swedish talent gets the chance there as well.
Leaving the SHL
Linus Karlsson still has a valid contract with Skellefteå AIK in the SHL, but there is also a detail that will be decisive for the coming season. The 22-year-old was drafted before the SHL’s new agreement with the NHL and therefore the Vancouver Canucks can choose to keep Karlsson in the AHL if he fails to take a spot on the NHL team.
Previously, Karlsson has announced that he does not want to close any door to Skellefteå, but the plan is still to start in the AHL next season. But if he continues to impress during the pre-season, there could be games significantly higher up.
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