OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 26, 2013) - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Ludwig Karlsson to a two-year entry-level contract.
Karlsson has spent the past two seasons with the Northeastern University Huskies (Hockey East - Division I NCAA), where he has recorded 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 49 career games.
The 6-3, 200-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, was limited to 17 games due to a mid-season wrist injury that required season-ending surgery. Karlsson recorded five goals and three assists for eight points during his sophomore season in 2012-13.
During his freshman season, Karlsson led the Huskies in scoring (a first by a freshman since the 2006-07 campaign), tallying 10 goals and adding 16 assists for 26 points in 32 games. He tied for the team lead in goals and finished 12th nationally amongst first-year skaters in points per game (0.81) and third in Hockey East. Karlsson was selected as the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week on Nov. 21, 2011, and became the 19th Husky in program history to be named to the Pro Ambitions Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
Prior to enrolling at Northeastern, Karlsson played two seasons with the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers (2009-10 to 2010-11). During his first season with the Gamblers, he notched 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) and helped Green Bay capture the Clark Cup. In 2010-11, he logged 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) and boosted Green Bay back to the Clark Cup final along with a 48-19-4 overall mark.
Karlsson was recently invited to attend the Nashville Predators annual development camp from July 9 to July 13 after attending the Anaheim Ducks development camp in 2012.