Melker Karlsson
Image: SHL

Melker Karlsson

Hometown:

Lycksele Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-07-18

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

181 lbs.

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History

2006-07: Melker Karlsson appeared in one game in Sweden's SuperElit league and 14 games with the Skelleftea U18 team as a 16-year-old after joining the club from lower division Lycksele SK in his hometown. He had no points nor penalties in his only game with the Skelleftea U20 team. Karlsson scored 5 goals with 4 assists and 20 penalty minute playing for the Skelleftea U18 team. He played for Vasterbotten in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players in Sweden; scoring 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in eight games.

2007-08: Karlsson played 11 games, including two playoff games, with Skelleftea's U20 team and scored 21 goals in 30 games for the club's U18 squad. He scored 4 goals with 2 assists in nine SuperElit league regular season games and scored 1 goal in the playoffs. He also had 13 assists and 20 penalty minutes for the Skelleftea U18 team.

2008-09: Karlsson made his pro hockey debut — playing in four regular season games and one playoff contest for Skelleftea — and was the second-leading scorer for the club's U20 team behind Oscar Lindberg (NYR). He had no points nor penalties, averaging 4:41 minutes of ice time, in Elitserien play. Karlsson scored 10 goals with 14 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 2 penalty minute in six playoff games for Skelleftea's U20 team.

2009-10: Karlsson split the season between Skelleftea's Elitserien and SuperElit league squads and represented Sweden in international play for the first time. In limited ice time for Skelleftea's men's team he scored 2 goals and was minus-3 with 8 penalty minutes in 36 regular season games and was +1 with 2 assists in eight playoff contests. Karlsson scored 14 goals with 21 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 27 regular season games for Skelleftea's U20 team and scored 1 goal with 1 assist in two SuperElit league playoff games. In three games with Sweden's U20 team he had 1 assist.

2010-11: Karlsson skated in 40 regular season games and all 16 playoff contests for Skellftea and also was loaned to Orebro in Allsvenskan. He scored 4 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes and was +3, averaging eight minutes of ice time, during the regular season. Skelleftea reached the Elitserien playoff finals against Farjestads BK after finishing third in the regular season and in 16 playoff games Karlsson scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes. In 10 Allsvenskan games for Orebro he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +3 with 12 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Karlsson played in 44 of 55 regular season games and all 19 playoff games for Skelleftea. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was minus-9 with 8 penalty minutes in a lower line role. Skelleftea finished second and reached the playoff finals for the second straight year; falling to fourth-place Brynas. Karlsson scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-2 with 4 penalty minutes; averaging 13:38 minutes of ice time in the playoffs.

2012-13: Karlsson was Skelleftea's fifth-leading scorer despite missing 11 games as the club won the re-christened SHL's regular season and playoff titles. He scored 13 goals with 15 assists in 44 regular season games and was +20 with 14 penalty minutes. In 13 playoff games he scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was +10 with 10 penalty minutes; averaging 15:45 minutes of ice time. Karlsson represented Sweden at the Karjala Cup in Finland in November and in three games he was minus-1 with no points nor penalties.

2013-14: Karlsson provided supplementary scoring and received an NHL contract from San Jose after another strong playoff run as Skelleftea captured its second straight SHL championship. He scored 9 goals with 16 assists and was minus-3 with 14 penalty minutes in 48 games during the regular season. In 14 playoff games he was +9 with 4 goals and 8 assists and 12 penalty minutes; averaging 16 minutes of ice time. The Sharks signed Karlsson to a one-year entry-level contract on May 30th, 2014.

 

Future

The Sharks signed Karlsson to an entry-level contract on May 30th, 2014.

 

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