We all know what kind of impact William “Wild Bill” Karlsson makes both on and off the ice. Not only did he lead the team in goals during the regular season, his teammates state though he doesn’t say much, when he does, it’s powerful and creates a positive impact inside the locker room.
The Lady Byng Trophy:
The Lady Byng Trophy is awarded at the end of each regular season to the player who has demonstrated the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association each year and has been a prestigious award in the NHL since 1925.
Karlsson ended the regular season with 78 points and 43 goals, which was the most goals scored by a player during a franchises inaugural season in NHL history. He also ended the regular season with two hat tricks in which one was the Golden Knights first hat trick in team history. Outside of those accolades, he managed to get himself “goal of the year” by sending a between the legs shot to the back of the net on a breakaway. During all of this offensive glory, he only totaled just 12 minutes in penalties throughout the season.
The season isn’t over yet. The Golden Knights have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks after sweeping the Los Angeles Kings during the series. With plenty of games left as the Golden Knights dominate the post season, Karlsson will have a lot more to contribute as the team pushes toward holding the Stanley Cup and breaking another NHL record.