Henrik Karlsson

Posted: January 12, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Calgary Flames

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The Good: Henrik Karlsson has tremendous size and a very solid, complete set of Swedish butterfly skills. He has great situational awareness and excellent patience, giving him a calm and composed demeanor. His combination of size and mobility allows him to employ an effective hybrid style. He can make saves by blocking the puck with his strong positioning, but he has the reflexes and agility to make the reactionary, desperate save as well. One of his most noticeable strengths will be his ability to fill the net in an efficient, effortless and imposing manner. He is a big dude with an assertive attitude. He not easily rattled and he demands a lot of space in the crease, and can use his size to move players out of the way. Cheap backup ($850K).

The Bad: Karlsson has to improve his blocker side. He has a tendency to punch at pucks as opposed to directing them to the corners. He is not considered a strong puck mover, either. Finally, plays in tight and right around his crease will be an area of concern, as goalies in Sweden play with a full half-circle crease. He needs more experience, which in turn will do wonders for his confidence.

2011-12 CALGARY
ON PACE 10 0 7 1 567 0 32 314 3.48 .895



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