In his first day back on the ice in Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson said his left leg feels fine and won’t hinder his game this season.

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson skated here Monday for the first time since last spring’s playoffs and said he was feeling just fine thanks very much.

And so only weeks before NHL training camps begin fans of the team keep their fingers crossed — with good reason.

It’s probably fair to say that as Karlsson goes this season so go the Senators.

Just six months ago Karlsson’s left Achilles tendon was partially severed in a Feb. 13 game in Pittsburgh when Matt Cooke pinned him against the boards and cut him with his left skate.

Karlsson was supposed to be gone for the season but he returned 10 weeks after he was injured to play three regular-season games and 10 games in two playoff series.

After the Senators were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round Karlsson conceded he was not 100 per cent recovered from the injury.

That was evident.

He initially looked great and even scored in his first game back to help the Senators clinch a playoff berth with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.