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Sens' Karlsson expects to be '100 per cent' for camp

TSN.ca Staff

8/14/2013 10:35:37 AM

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson says he expects to be '100 per cent' at the start of training camp next month.

Karlsson, who suffered a serious Achilles injury last season, is in Sweden participating in pre-Olympic camp and told Swedish reporter Marie Lehmann of SVT that he should be fully recovered soon as his foot remains numb from missing a few nerves.

"I'm sure I'll be able to skate 100 per cent when the season starts," said Karlsson. "This summer has been my best so far, workout-wise.

"The normal feeling isn't there, but I'm getting used to not normal. It's not really connecting down there."

Karlsson's left Achilles tendon was partially severed by the skate of then-Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke on Feb. 13. Karlsson returned to play three regular season games and the duration of Ottawa's run in the playoffs.

Karlsson tallied six goals and eight assists in 17 games last season and won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenceman in 2012.