Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Signing May Signal Wiercioch's Return To DU

(left) Erik Karlsson was Ottawa's 1st Round choice at 2008 NHL Draft

The Ottawa Senators signed Erik Karlsson, their top pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, to an entry level contract. Although nothing has been announced, this signing may signal that DU's Patrick Wiercioch will return to Denver for his Sophomore season.

Karlsson is defenseman who has great vision for the game and the ability to move the puck. Skills that appear to mirror Wiercioch's.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray says Karlsson has the skills and hockey sense to compete in the NHL.

“Erik is a special player, power-play guy, an offensive guy; he would certainly address a need on our blue line,” he says. “The last two months of the season in the Elite League he was really good. We will give him a chance; the odds are pretty good for him.”

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I sure hope he is returning

vizoroo said...

Karlsson's skills must be extraordinary. Patrick's stats are better and he is 5" taller. But that said, Hope this is a strong signal DU will have another year of Wiercioch on the ice.