Apr 9, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson (21) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Kings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Loui Eriksson Will Be Your Next Favorite Bruin

I don’t want to load any more pressure onto Loui Eriksson‘s shoulders, but I’m going to anyway when I tell you that this guy will be your next favorite player that wears the spoked-B. He’s 6’2″, he can handle a little more weight on those shoulders.

The now 28-year old Swedish forward was traded along with a handful of blue-chip prospects to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Tyler Seguin and others on the 4th of July.

The deal angered and shocked plenty of Bruins fans who felt the B’s had given up on Seguin too early, but with Seguin’s performance both on and off the ice not reaching Boston’s standards, they were forced to move him before his trade value was diminished. I must admit, I didn’t like the deal at first either but when I saw the return my mind was quickly changed.

Enter Loui Eriksson (the main reason why I changed my mind about the deal) and his solid two-way game. I mean, the more I read and see on Eriksson the more I like him. He just seems like the perfect fit for the Bruins system and more particularly he appears as though he was born to play on Patrice Bergeron‘s wing as the two play an eerily similar brand of hockey. Both are also pretty good looking (admit it, they’re studs).

In the last five NHL seasons, Eriksson has appeared in a whopping 373 regular season games out of a possible 376. In that span he has 130 goals and 177 assists for a total of 307 points. Oh, and even playing for a struggling Dallas Stars team for those 5 years (they failed to make the postseason all 5 seasons), Eriksson was still able to be a more than respectable +19.

So like I said, he just plays a very solid two-way game and has the numbers to prove it.

My new love affair with Eriksson goes beyond the numbers however. He is more than just skill, he is a blue-collar player and like the aforementioned Bergeron, he works just as hard in his own end as he does in the offensive end. Something the Bruins had to train Seguin to do and I think it hindered Seguin’s offensive game, but then again maybe that could’ve been the partying but we’ll address that later.

I keep telling people who ask me about Eriksson that I believe he’s basically just Bergeron but he plays on the wing and has a little bit more offensive upside. I say that because I believe Eriksson has a better shot than Bergeron, as well as better one-on-one offensive skills. The two of them together should no doubt bring out the best in both players.

Eriksson is also the “anti-Seguin” if you will. Seguin was a 2nd overall pick in the draft and saw NHL action the minute he was eligible, Eriksson on the other hand was a bit of a late bloomer. He was drafted in the 2nd round by the Stars in 2003 and through hard work he finally saw NHL action in 2007.

Seguin also has had some pretty nasty stories about drinking and disappearing of late as well, whereas I can’t find much of anything negative about Eriksson written or said anywhere.

Eriksson appears to just be a solid hockey player and person with a strong work ethic who wants to be great in all 3-zones, sounds like another Bruin I know. Loui is going to turn some heads with what he can do and I just hope he’s doing it next to Bergeron. The two of them together is going to be a amazing and I can’t wait to watch them show the world how hockey is supposed to/meant to be played.

Tags: Boston Bruins Loui Eriksson Patrice Bergeron Tyler Seguin

  • Loren Baldwin

    Yeah, this guy looks like the real deal. I too was a little skeptical at first but this guy looks like the perfect compliment to Bergeron, at least, let’s hope so.the B’s came so close last season,maybe this is the piece of the puzzle that has been missing! GO BRUINS!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.causewaycrowd.com/ Billy Bryson

      I obviously Agree Loren. I can’t wait to see what Eriksson can do for the Bruins and vice/versa.

  • Loren Baldwin

    Billy, I can’t wait for the season to start! New faces in new places, Rask with a full year under his belt….this should be fun!

  • Liam Hirst

    I’m a Stars fan and really liked Loui, I’m not too mad he’s gone because Seguin can be better if he stops getting funky with the Captain. The one downside to Loui’s play though is that he is the definition of no “Anti-physical”, someone shoves him off the puck and he doesn’t do anything back… But then again, he has incredible stick checking and usually gets the puck back anyways… The Bruins are my 3rd favorite team now, since they have my 4th-favorite player and I know 3 of their prospects well now :p

    • http://www.causewaycrowd.com/ Billy Bryson

      Well said. It was a great deal for both teams Liam as I feel both teams got what they needed. Bruins boosted their prospect pool and got a top-6 winger that should fit their system well, while the Stars got Seguin who should be a first line center with Benn on the wing and Peverley who can be an okay 2nd line center but a very solid 3rd line center. I like the deal for both teams and think/hope it will work out for both sides.

  • StarsFanNB

    If Loui continues playing like he has the past 5 years, Bruins fans will be quite pleased with this trade. Eriksson is a joy to watch and about the most professional player to come through Dallas since Jere Lehtinen. I’m hoping he finally moves from under-rated to ortho-rated and finally gets the Selke he deserves.

    • http://www.causewaycrowd.com/ Billy Bryson

      Thats what I like to hear!

  • Armadill0

    Eriksson is a Selke-worthy player and probably would’ve won one by now if he weren’t in Dallas playing for a non-playoff team the past 5 years. If Dallas didn’t need centers so badly, I could’ve seen Eriksson being a Star for his entire career and I’m disappointed that he’s gone, but hopeful that Seguin can be very successful as a 1C in the NHL and Peverley will surely help our abysmal faceoff percentage.

    I’m also sorry to see Joe Morrow go – I think he will turn out to be a great defenseman. Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser were never able to make it happen at the NHL level in Dallas, but are both pretty talented players as well and I hope they find a way to realize their potential in Boston. I think it was a good trade overall – it helps Boston quite a bit now and potentially in the future and helps Dallas fill two huge immediate needs. I’m still in a little bit of shock that Dallas went from Benn, Eakin, Fiddler, and a rotating spot at center to Seguin, Peverley, Eakin, Horcoff, and Fiddler this offseason.

    • http://www.causewaycrowd.com/ Billy Bryson

      I really do think this trade was great for both teams.

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