Who is Loui Eriksson, and how good can this guy be in Boston? That question has been asked a bunch since the blockbuster trade happened late last week. Eriksson was the alternate captain in Dallas, who constantly received praise for his two-way-style of play. For quite some time now the Bruins front office has been looking for players who can excel on both the offensive and defensive side of the ice. Eriksson can light the lamp, there is no doubt about it, but he also has the defensive awareness to be able to thrive in the system the B’s run.
In order to get Eriksson to come to Boston, the Bruins had to part ways with Tyler Seguin, which received cheers along with some jeers from the fan base. Some felt that Seguin was still too young to give up on, while others felt his lack of production was becoming too much of a constant problem. News broke that Seguin required a guard at his door, to ensure that he wasn’t going out during the twilight hours to party and chase women. This type of professional just isn’t tolerated when you play in the New England area, as we have seen the same result with Hernandez being cut by the Patriots( which is a little more extreme circumstance). This move for Seguin might be the best thing for his career, as he is much more of an offensive minded player, which just didn’t fit with what Boston wanted to accomplish on a nightly basis.
It wasn’t a hard decision for Eriksson to take his talents to Boston, as Eriksson stated, “I talked with my family quick, it was an easy decision for me to make that decision to go and play for Boston. I know it’s a good team. They really wanted me too. I’m looking forward to that.” Eriksson had to make the decision to waive his “no-trade” clause in his contract before the trade could go through, and it seemed to be a rather quick process. One of the biggest reasons behind that quick decision is the uncertainty that came with playing Dallas. Eriksson stated “I’ve been through a lot of coaches, it will be nice to find one that fits your style. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the coach in Boston; I’m looking forward to coming there to show I can play some good hockey.” Fans should look for Eriksson to start the upcoming season on the second line with Brach Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. The biggest reason for him being there is because this group will be able to create many scoring chances by way of their stellar defense.
From the 2009-2010 season through the 2011-2012 season, Eriksson recorded at least 70 points or more each year. His most remarkable year came in 2008-2009, as he netted 36 goals, and added 27 assists. In the shortened season this past year, Eriksson had a bit of a down year compared to where he was the past few years. In 2012-2013, Eriksson only scored twelve goals, while adding seventeen helpers, but the Stars overall as a team had a disappointing season.
There is no question that Eriksson will be able to improve the power-play while he is here in Boston. While he may not score on the power-play, he does open space on the ice, which can lead to other players getting in the scoring column. At the end of the day, the B’s got a player they desperately needed. A player who can play two-way hockey, and get the job done in the process is hard to come by, and the Bruins just landed on a goldmine. Only time will tell if he was worth the trade, but I already get the feeling that he is going to be downright spectacular.