He and Jerry Pollastrone were the best Villach strikers last season, but after only one season, Anton Karlsson’s time in Carinthia seems to be over. The Swede probably returns to his home country.
Karlsson made his debut in 2014 as an 18-year-old for the Frölunda Indians in the SHL, then moved to the Allsvenskan (2nd division) to Oskarshamn and in 2017 to Leksands. There he completed two seasons and came up with 47 goals in 120 appearances.
Last summer the VSV struck and secured the services of the young Swede. The now 23-year-old thanked him with constant performance and was one of the cornerstones of the past VSV season with 20 goals and 16 assists from 51 missions.
Now, however, his time on the Drau should come to an end again, because as the Swedish online portal “expressen.se” reports, he will probably go back to Sweden. Several clubs from the Allsvenskan are interested in him.
After his good season in the EBEL, he was given a profitable contract that he probably wouldn’t have got in Austria. He would also remain on hold in the EBEL because the transfer stop is still active and the most important squad positions have already been allocated to other leagues.
The race for the services of the striker drafted in 87th place by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2014 is likely to have been made by AIK Stockholm. Karlsson is said to have already confirmed. Several Swedish media are supposed to independently confirm this.
However, an official confirmation is still pending.
Photo: GEPA pictures / Daniel Goetzhaber