Trade Rumors have been stirring since last season, but it’s finally official. Erik Karlsson is a San Jose Shark. The Ottawa Senators have traded Karlsson and prospect Francis Perron to San Jose in exchange for forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, and prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers.
But that’s just the beginning. In addition to the group of players, the Sens also received a handful of picks.
Here’s how it breaks down: For starters, Ottawa gets a first round draft pick in 2020 and a second round pick in 2019. If the Sharks sign Karlsson to a contract extension, Ottawa gets a second round pick in 2021. That pick goes to a first round pick if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Finals this year. If San Jose decides to trade Karlsson to an Eastern Conference team this season, the Sens get another first round pick from the team. Lots of moving pieces here for sure, and not a bad deal for a team in the midst of a rebuild like Ottawa is.
Karlsson is a one-of-a-kind player. Ottawa picked him 15th overall in the first round of the NHL draft in 2008, and he’s been the teams Captain since 2014. He’s racked up 126 goals and 392 assists in 627 games with the Senators. The defenceman is a 2 time Norris Trophy winner, and adding him to the Sharks blue line, with Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, will give the team an elite level of defense.
If I had to guess, I’d say this key move has San Jose feeling pretty confident they’ll be looking at a Stanley Cup run in the immediate future.