Karlsson can't wait to meet Lidstrom

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:23 PM ET

It matters not one bit to Erik Karlsson when he is picked during Friday’s all-star draft.

But Peter Regin doesn’t believe his buddy will have to wait long to hear his name called.

“(He’ll go) pretty high,” Regin guessed Wednesday. “I think the style of the game is going to fit him pretty good. I don’t know, first overall maybe?”

Karlsson, of course, will be the only Senators representative at all-star weekend, which concludes with Sunday’s game between Team (Eric) Staal and Team (Nicklas) Lidstrom.

It’s clear to see that being selected by Lidstrom, a fellow Swede and a childhood hero of his, would be special to Karlsson.

“I don’t know him at all ... I’ve actually never met him before,” said Karlsson. “I’m looking forward to be able to meet him, and thank him for the stick he gave me (via Daniel Alfredsson) from the Olympics last year. It’s going to be fun to meet all the Swedish players I haven’t met before.

“I always watched Detroit as a kid growing up. I always knew who (Lidstrom) was and that he was a really good player.”

Karlsson says he doesn’t care if he’s the last player drafted, but admitted it would be a new experience. As a kid, he was always one of the first to be selected.

“When it comes to sports at least, I think,” he said. “If it was something else then maybe I wasn’t the first pick.”

He’s also not sure about what he’ll bring home in terms of a souvenir, although there is something that would be more precious to him than anything material.

And that’s a shift or two as Lidstrom’s blue-line partner.

“Just to have it on tape as proof you played with him, I think would be pretty awesome,” said Karlsson.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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