Sens coach MacLean: If Karlsson feels ready, he’ll play tomorrow


Looks like Erik Karlsson’s remarkable recovery from a sliced Achilles tendon is just about complete.

On Wednesday, Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean said the reigning Norris winner is at the point of his rehab where — if Karlsson feels he’s ready to come back — he’ll be put into the lineup.

“If he feels confident it’s time for him to play,” MacLean told reporters after practice, “he’ll play.”

Karlsson hasn’t played since suffering the injury in mid-February. When news of the Achilles laceration first broke, Sens GM Bryan Murray said the 22-year-old’s season was done.

Apparently Murray underestimated Karlsson’s resolve.

The Swedish rearguard has defied medical estimates to get back onto the ice and in a position to return before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ottawa has three games left in the regular season — including Thursday’s tilt in Washington against the Capitals — and are still looking to clinch a postseason berth.

As for other Karlsson-related notes…

Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes confirmed Karlsson will wear cut-resistant socks upon his return to action.

He has been reuinted with Marc Methot, his defense partner from earlier in the year.

— If Karlsson does return on Thursday, he’ll have missed exactly 71 days (31 games) with an injury that shelves most people for 3-4 months.