Karlsson OK with Bingo play

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Erik Karlsson is over the initial shock of being demoted to the AHL.

Now, the Senators rookie defenceman is willing to accept his assignment to Binghamton, and he's ready to work hard as he prepares to make his debut tonight against the Rochester Americans at the Broome County Memorial Arena.

SURPRISED

After suiting up for nine games with the Senators, Karlsson, 19, the club's No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, was a little surprised when GM Bryan Murray told him he was being sent down after practice Tuesday.

After taking some time to digest the news, however, the young Swede said he is determined to make the best of the situation.

"It's not fun to get (that) news, but I'm here now and I'm going to do everything I can to play good," Karlsson told the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin following his first practice with the Baby Sens yesterday.

"I know almost all the guys here, and I know it's a good group. I'm going to have a fun time down here, as long as I'm here, and work hard."

Karlsson, who had the option of returning to the Swedish Elite League and playing for Frolunda, said it's better for his career to stay in North America.

"It's a different type of game, and I'm getting used to the game over here now," said Karlsson.

"I've just got to work on the small things, and the more games I play, the more experience I get, and the more I get to know about the game. I think it's good that I stay here and play in the small surface."

Binghamton coach Don Nachbaur sat down with Karlsson to discuss how the young blueliner can help the team's power play.

MAY JOIN TEAM SWEDEN

"It's why I play hockey, I think ... because I play power play," said Karlsson. "And I'm going to do my best to try and improve the power play here."

Karlsson said if he's still in the AHL at Christmas, he plans to play for Sweden at the world junior championship in Saskatchewan.

"I'm planning on playing well, when the time comes, if I'm available, and if I get the opportunity to play for my country, of course I'm going to do that," said Karlsson. "It's the thing you want to do."

BRUCE.GARRIOCH@SUNMEDIA.CA


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