2008-09: Simon Karlsson competed in 26 games for Karlskrona HK at the U18 and U20 levels in Sweden and skated for Blekinge in the national TV-Pucken tournament for high school age players. He scored 4 goals with 8 assists and 60 PMs with Karlskrona HK and had 1 assist and 16 PMs in eleven games for Blekinge.
2009-10: Debuted with Malmo J20 in the SuperElit league appearing in 3 games and notching a single assist.
2010-11: Played most of the season with Malmo J20, scoring 3 goals and 10 assists in 34 regular season contests as well as going scoreless in 5 postseason games. He also skated in 4 games with Malmo’s big club in the Allskaven without registering a point.
2011-12: Karlsson played most of the season with Malmö J20 of the SuperElit, scoring six goals along 22 assists and a poor minus 11 rating while taking 62 PIMs in 48 games. He again skated in four games without any points for the big club in the Allsvenskan.
Karlsson is still growing and developing, although he shows promise as a smooth skating, puck moving defenseman with offensive upside. He’s still raw and will need to build more strength, but the tools all appear to be there for him to become a quality blueliner.
Karlsson decided to play in North America earlier than expected and will spend the year at the junior level in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers. He could have the opportunity to help his country defend their gold medal at the 2013 WJC tournament.