Injured Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson back on ice

Senators' Erik Karlsson (left) manoeuvres away from Sabres' Cody Hodgson during NHL action in...

Senators' Erik Karlsson (left) manoeuvres away from Sabres' Cody Hodgson during NHL action in Ottawa Feb. 12, 2013. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

TAMPA, FLA. - People were stunned that the Senators would use a first-round pick to draft a 150-lb. defenceman from Sweden in the first place, never mind that, two years later and only a few meatballs heavier, the same kid would score 45 points in his rookie NHL season.

Nobody dreamed that, the very next October, at the tender age of 21, he would begin a march to the Norris Trophy, edging such imposing, polished veterans as Zdeno Chara and Shane Weber in voting done for the league's best blue-liner award.

But this? Really? This is something else.

Seven weeks after having his Achilles tendon sliced, Erik Karlsson has been on the ice with Senators skating coach Mark Powers, making his way toward a comeback from an injury that's supposed to keep a normal human out of action for at least six months.


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