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William Karlsson

Born:January 8, 1993Draft:2011 Ducks 53rd overall
Hometown:Marsta, SwedenPosition:C
Known For:“Wild Bill”Shoots:Left
National Team:SwedenCurrent Team:Vegas Golden Knights

Lars William Karlsson (born 8 January 1993), nicknamed “Wild Bill“, is currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights. He was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall, by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to playing for Vegas, Karlsson has also played in the NHL for Anaheim and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After being selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Karlsson has been one of the key points of the team offense, and helped Vegas become the first expansion team to ever reach the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season. During his first season in Vegas, Karlsson scored a career-high 43 goals and became the franchise all-time leader in goals.

William Karlsson Vegas Golden Knights
William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

William Karlsson Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
March 2, 2015Anaheim DucksSecond-Round Pick
(Kevin Stenlund)
Rene Bourque
Columbus Blue JacketsThird-Round Pick
(Brent Gates)
James Wisniewski

Deeper Dive


  • SHL Rookie of the Year — 2013
  • U18 WJC Silver Medal — 2011
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal — 2012
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal — 2013
  • IIHF World Championship Gold Medal — 2017
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy — 2018
  • Viking Award — 2018
  • Stanley Cup Champion — 2023