Anaheim Ducks‘ 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft (#53 overall), Swedish-born center William Karlsson(22) already has 4 seasons of pro hockey in his home country, including the last pair in the SHL with HV71.
He scored 19 goals with 46 assists in 105 games and previously played 60 contests as a teenager in the tier 2 league, Allsvenskan.
The 6′ 180 lbs. forward was a point-per-game guy with a +25 rating in 2011/2012 for Västerås.
Signing his 3-year entry level deal for the current campaign, he was loaned by the parent club to skate one more season in Sweden.
With their playoff elimination, he was recalled to join minor league affiliate Norfolk Admirals.
In 6 AHL games he has his first North American pro hockey goal and a 3 assists, while playing a hard-working, highly skilled style.
At 21-years old he’ll most definitely be competing for a NHL roster spot for his official rookie year, 2014/2015.