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Skelleftea raid continues: Sharks sign SHL standout Karlsson

May 30, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

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After winning back-to-back Swedish league titles, Skelleftea AIK is getting its cupboard raided.

On Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced they’ve signed Skelleftea forward Melker Karlsson to a one-year pact. Karlsson, 23, had 25 points in 48 regular season games this year and 12 in 14 postseason affairs, finishing 6th in the SHL in playoff scoring.

As mentioned above, he’s just the latest to leave the Swedish powerhouse. On Wednesday, St. Louis signed Joakim Lindstrom — who’d spent the last three seasons with Skelleftea after a seven-year NHL stint — and, later that day, Nashville announced it agreed to terms with defenseman Johan Alm, who’d spent the last two years in Skelleftea.

The club also lost another player — Jimmie Ericsson, brother of Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson — as he signed with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg earlier this week.


  1. skr213 - May 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Where are all the “fire DW because he said he wasn’t going to be big in free agency” folks? See, there are other ways to get good young players (and NOT OVERPAY), rather than using free agency!

    • gp424 - May 31, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      First this isn”t a big move, such as signing Zdeno Chara, or Zach Parise. Second who knows if he overpaid. And who cares if he did or didn’t. He overpaid big for Rob Blake in free agency, overpaid for Antero Nittymaki, Overpaid for Nick Wallin, overpaid for Adam Burish so yeah be proud of the fact that Wilson didn’t overpay for a player at least in your mind. You think Minnesota is sorry for signing Parise, and Sutter in FA. Or Boston for signing Chara amongst others. How about the Blackhawks when they signed Hossa? It’s not about overpaying for production its about signing and trading for the right players. You really think DW hasn’t overpaid players like Brad Stuart who he signed last off season, or players like Blake then your crazy.

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - May 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    As a side note, this club also lost another player — Bud Holloway (SHL MVP in 2013) to SC Bern of the Swiss National League A on May, 17th.

    • skellnation - May 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Might also lose Bellemare, Möller, Oskar Sundqvist and Viktor Arvidsson to NHL/AHL. Their whole top-9.
      Safe to say the fans are starting to become a bit hysterical.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - May 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    The guy hasn’t played an NHL game yet so how can anyone state this is a good signing. “Doug Wilson can do no harm” – some people can be told anything and they’ll believe it.

  4. djshnooks - May 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Is it just me or do these guys have names that sound like they could become stars?

    Melker Karlsson? Joakim Lindstrom?

    Great names, but it’s doubtful.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Hope this guy plays great. Though, nothing to praise D.Wilson over.

    • skr213 - May 30, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      No one’s “praising” him for the signing – just illustrates the point that free agency isn’t the only way to make changes to the team. Just a couple of weeks ago, you and some others here were crying about how DW stated that he wasn’t going to make a big splash in free agency and that somehow equated to keeping the team the same for next year. Trust me, there are going to be at least two huge changes in the team for next year.

      • gp424 - May 31, 2014 at 12:46 AM

        Free agency works and every team sans the Sharks for large part has been successful in free agency. In fact in free agency the Sharks have signed and overpaid players like Adam Burish, and have never made a big splash in free agency. Stop with the lies and unless either Marleau or Thornton go then there have or won’t be two huge changes to the team. Right now the team is remaining “status quo”, same GM, same coaching staff, same top 6 forwards, same goalies where are these big changes? You think Marleau, Thornton, Pavelski, Couture, Hertl, or Burns are going anywhere? You think Vlassic, Braun, or Demers is going anyplace? No your big changes will occur in the bottom 6 where the changes will amount to letting go James Sheppard, Andrew Desjardins, Adam Burish. And defense man Scott Hannan, that ain’t no big change.

  6. hookersdontsnuggle - May 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    the ‘fire doug wilson’ morons deserve dengue fever

    • gp424 - May 31, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      The same Doug Wilson who traded for Heatley, Wallin, Huskins, Guerin, Campbell, Havlat, Moen, Galliardi, Winnik. And the same GM who signed Neimi, Nittymaki, Stuart, Hannan, Lemieux, and many many more. The great Doug Wilson all those cup winning teams, his office is lined up with championship trophies. You mean that Doug Wilson? Now go back to shining his shoes and kissing his behind.

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