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Erik Karlsson Is Erik Karlsson Once Again

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Erik Karlsson’s 70 points in 53 games is impressive. But just as impressive are the micro-stats behind that stat.

Karlsson just skated in his seventh All-Star Game, for the first time since 2019. He’s on pace for 109 points, which would make him the first defenseman since Brian Leetch in 1991-92 to top the century scoring mark.

So during the All-Star break, I asked SPORTLOGiQ for a complete list of micro-stats where the San Jose Sharks blueliner is top-10 in his position.

It’s a long list.

These micro-stats are small brushstrokes which explain, or paint, the larger portrait of the two-time Norris Trophy winner’s return to dominance.

Let’s start with…Karlsson’s defense?

Defense

Karlsson is not known for his defense. But the San Jose Sharks star excels in a number of different defensive areas, both with his feet and smarts.

Karlsson isn’t quite top-10 in these rate stats, but his ranks here are impressive considering they’re out of 199 qualified defensemen, 300-plus 5-on-5 minutes.

Essentially, if there’s a loose puck, chances are that Karlsson is winning the race to it. And he’s an alert defender, you can count on his stick in passing lanes to block opposition passes.

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