Silver Nuggets: Karlsson's Start

Since returning from his devastating ankle injury in April, Sens fans have watched Erik Karlsson's every move for signs that he is back to 100%. Karlsson himself has admitted he wasn't at full strength to end the regular season and throughout the playoffs. As much as offseason changes unsettled the fan base, it was Karlsson's health that was the most concerning issue going into the season.

Ottawa's slow start is in large part due to the poor play of the team's defense. And while he hasn't been perfect, he's not getting much to help from his fellow blueliners. Despite these factors, Karlsson is tied for the NHL lead among defensemen in goals and assists and leads all defensemen in points after 14 games (4G-11A-15P, he's tied for 16th in scoring league-wide). He's currently averaging 27:38 minutes per game, third-most in the NHL. In Sunday's game against the Dallas Stars, Karlsson' had a 100% success rate exiting Ottawa's zone, successfully carrying the puck out of his own end 16 times, 9 more times than any teammate.

How would you evaluate Erik Karlsson's start to the season?

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