It’s hard out here for an Erik Karlsson.
He’s not the only San Jose Sharks star who’s yet to provide consistent high-level play during the team’s disappointing 4-5-1 start.
“It’s not where we want it to be,” Karlsson himself admitted about his overall performance right now.
But it’s a tale as old as time in sports: When you’re not only the team’s highest-paid player, but the league’s highest-paid defenseman, you’re expected to dominate every night.
When you don’t – and you haven’t consistently since Jan. 2019 – you’re going to hear it.
Sure, it’s unfair: But mo money, mo problems.
Also part of a struggling superstar’s grind? Your game is examined at a microscopic level.
One of the more recent criticisms of Karlsson? He’s not shooting enough. Is this true?
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