No current NHL defenseman can take over games with his skill like Erik Karlsson. His puck skills are superhuman.
But in practice, he’s apparently just a guy.
Karlsson was practicing with Team Sweden on Friday ahead of the World Cup of Hockey when fellow defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson gave him a taste of his own medicine.
Niklas Hjalmarsson breaking Erik Karlsson’s ankles is EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/1icN1wB6aG— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) September 9, 2016
That’s shades of Pavel Datsyuk deking Logan Couture off his skates a few years ago. Combine this bit of puck wizardry with the show the Team North America kids put on Thursday night and suddenly this World Cup is a must-watch event, if only for the dangles.