Ever since the trade deadline last season, rumors have floated around defenseman Erik Karlsson that he would be traded from the Ottawa Senators. Those rumors can be put to rest now as Karlsson will be traded to the San Jose Sharks in a block buster deal.
The San Jose Sharks also acquired prospect forward Francis Perron. The Ottawa Senators will be receiving forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospect forward Josh Norris, and two conditional draft picks.
If San Jose re-signs him, Ottawa will receive a conditional 2021 second-round pick or a first-round pick (not lottery protected) if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Finals this season. The Senators receive San Jose's first-round pick in either 2019 or 2020 (not lottery protected). If San Jose misses the playoffs this season, it will be a 2019 pick, otherwise it will be a 2020 selection. The Ottawa Senators get a 2019 second-round pick as well.
Erik Karlsson has been the Ottawa Senators captain over the past few seasons. He is 28 years old and has won two Norris Trophies in his NHL career. Karlsson is one of the best offensive defenseman in the NHL. The San Jose Sharks chances to win their first Stanley Cup Title in franchise history this season has most likely increased.
Other than the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets, the San Jose Sharks could also win the west this season.
Last season, Karlsson scored nine goals and recorded 53 assists in 71 games with the Ottawa Senators. His plus/minus was -25.
He will most likely be paired with Brent Burns on defense and that could be very dangerous. It would probably make more sense for them to be on separate pairings.
Francis Perron played in 44 games with the Belleville Senators last season. He scored four goals and recorded 11 assists. His plus/minus was -8. Perron is only 22 years old and he was a seventh-round pick by the Ottawa Senators in 2014 NHL Draft.
As for the players the Senators got, forward Chris Tierney scored 17 goals and recorded 23 assists, in 82 games last season with the San Jose Sharks. His plus/minus was even. Tierney is 24 years old.
Rudolfs Balcers is 21 years old and he was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 67 games with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL), he scored 23 goals and recorded 25 assists. His plus/minus was -8. In four-playoff games, Balcers scored two goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus was -2.
Dylan DeMelo played in 63 games last season with San Jose and he recorded 20 assists and his plus/minus was -1. DeMelo is 25 years old.
Josh Norris is 19 years old and he was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Norris played in 37 games at the University of Michigan (NCAA) last season. He scored eight goals and recorded 15 assists. His plus/minus is -8.
It is clear what direction both teams are heading in. The Ottawa Senators are in complete rebuilding mode and the San Jose Sharks are trying to win now.