Mattias Karlsson, a native of Orebro, Sweden, was selected in the 4th round, 135th overall by the Senators in 2003. Apart from coming over for the 2006 development camp, Karlsson has spent his entire hockey career in Sweden. He has played at the Junior, the Allsvenskan (second level), and the elite level. His most recent stint, coincidentally also his most productive, was with Bofors in the Sweden Allsvenskan league.
2002-03: Karlsson was a key player for Brynas in the Swedish Junior league, scoring 17 points in 27 games and racking up a remarkable 93 penalty minutes. He was also +11. His strong play earned him a brief three game callup to Brynas’ Elite league team. Karlsson also participated in several tournaments including the 4, 5, and 8 Nation tournaments in August, November 2002 and February 2003 respectively. His most productive tournament was at the U18 World Championships where he tallied 4 points and 16 penalty minutes in 6 games. His only goal was scored on the power play.
2003-04: Playing in both the Junior and the Elite league, Karlsson had a productive season with Brynas. At the Junior level, he register 13 points and 67 penalty minutes in 20 games along with a +11 rating. Four of his 5 goals came with the man-advantage. In the playoffs, Karlsson picked up 4 assists in 5 games and was a +4. At the Elite level, Karlsson played 39 games for Brynas in a very limited role.
face=”Arial”>2004-05: Again a star at the Junior level, Karlsson notched 8 points and 40 penalty minutes in 13 games along with a +11 rating. After a brief nine game stint with Brynas in the Elite league, Karlsson joined Almtuna where he played in 22 games, picking up two assists. Karlsson also played briefly in the German league for Hassfurt registering 2 goals and 2 assists in 15 games.
2005-06: In a full season at the Elite level, playing for Altuma, Karlsson recorded 7 points and 40 penalty minutes in 35 games. He was also a +5 and scored two of his three goals on the power play.
2006-07: Karlsson spent the season with Bofors (Allsvenskan), where he potted 11 goals and 32 points in 44 games. Karlsson’s best season did not go unnoticed and he signed an entry-level contract with Ottawa at the end of 2006-07.
2007-08: The Swede appeared in two games with the Binghamton Senators (AHL) before returning to his home country. In 24 games with Bofors (Allsvenskan), he netted seven goals and 17 points; he tallied another two goals and four points in 13 games with Farjestad (Elitserien).
2008-09: This was Karlsson’s first full season of North American hockey, which he spent with the Binghamton Senators (AHL). Prior to the season, he spent time at two Senators development camps. In 73 games with the B-Sens, he netted nine goals, including his first with the club/as a pro hockey player, and 51 points, along with 40 penalty minutes; he was nominated to the AHL All-Star Game for his play this season. Expect to see him with Timra (Elitserien) for at least the start of next season.
Karlsson signed a deal with Timra in the Elitserien for 2009-10.
2009-10: Back to the SEL, Mattias went, this time with Timra. In 37 games, Karlsson would add 5 goals and 10 assists.
Karlsson is an offensive minded defenseman. He possesses good size and has recently added an aggressive, physical aspect to his game and isn’t afraid to hit. His good mobility, strong passing and shooting skills contribute to his success offensively. His foot speed needs improvement and he sometimes focuses too much on the puck while defending or tries to force it on offense.