Northeastern junior forward Ludwig Karlsson has opted to forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility to sign an entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators, according to multiple sources. The Stockholm, Sweden native will play for the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate.
Karlsson battled an injury for much of his sophomore season playing for Jim Madigan's Huskies. The former Green Bay Gamblers prospect only played in 17 gaes last season. The six-foot-three-inch Karlsson notched 15 goals and 19 assists in 49 career games for NU. He played two seasons in the USHL for the Gamblers before arriving on Huntington Avenue.
Karlsson is one of those players who projects to be a better pro player than a college skater. He has good size and can use his body to have more of an impact at the next level. According to sources, Karlsson and his agent were anxious for him to leave school and sign a pro deal.
Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow Jeff on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.