He is, however, also set to become a restricted free agent this summer and expected to cash in on his success.
Karlsson's agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports, confirmed to the Sun that although no negotiations have taken place, Karlsson camp is likely looking for something similar to the $5.25 million salary Capitals defenseman Mike Green is making in Washington.
Although it appears to be definite that Senators GM Bryan Murray will get the young defenseman signed, it remains to be seen if the Sens want to offer him a three-year deal or do a long-term contract of five or more years.
Murray also has to keep in mind that Karlsson could become the target of a front-end loaded offer sheet, with the CBA expiring on Sept. 15, and that the valued player will draw some attention.
"(He's) gifted. He's one of the best in the National Hockey League and there's a reason for it," Senators netminder Craig Anderson told the Sun. "He works hard and he's in shape. He's still young and he's learning the game, but when he makes a mistake, the next night he doesn't make the same mistake again. For every 10 things he does well, he makes one mistake. I like that ratio."
In 43 games this season, Karlsson has tallied six goals and 35 assists for 41 points, eight points ahead of his closest competitor, Florida Panthers blueliner Brian Campbell.
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