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If Norris Trophy-winner Erik Karlsson played in an NHL city that receives greater media attention, he would garner even more accolades than he does currently.
His season-ending Achilles injury was a terrible blow not only to the Ottawa Senators, but also the NHL.
Many media experts talk about Karlsson being one of the few players that they would pay full ticket prices to watch.
The game is much more structured than it was even 20 years ago, and individual efforts that bring fans out of their seats do not seem as common as they once were.
Karlsson has the kind of talent where at least once, and sometimes even more than once in a game, he does something that leaves fans amazed.
There will be questions about his health coming back from this injury, but at 22 years old, Karlsson has likely only scratched the surface of what he is capable of doing.
Given Ottawa’s young and talented roster, there is reason to believe that he could not only win several more Norris trophies as the NHL’s best defenseman, but he may even challenge for the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer.