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Loui Eriksson is the best player you’re not paying attention to

Aug 3, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

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The last four seasons, Dallas’ Loui Eriksson has netted 70 or more points making him one of four guys to pull that off (Henrik Sedin, Joe Thornton, and Steve Stamkos the others).

That’s two former MVPs and a tw0-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner. Meanwhile, Eriksson has been to one All-Star Game and hasn’t won an NHL award for himself.

To say Eriksson is underrated would be true, although that may not be the case much longer. He’s scored 36 goals in a season (back in 2008-09) and his point scoring exploits are rare these days. When you factor in that he’s also the Stars’ top penalty killer and is a shorthanded threat… Where’s the love and adulation?

Unfortunately for Eriksson, he’s been a virtual one-man force for the Stars.

For Eriksson to start getting noticed more it’ll take more than Lady Byng Trophy nominations and All-Star Game appearances (well, more than one anyhow), it’ll take a run in the playoffs to make it happen. Dallas hasn’t been to the postseason since  losing in the Western Conference finals in 2008.

  1. murtdurt - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    This headline is insulting. I’m Canadian I watch hockey every night regardless of the teams playing. Dallas drafted well taking loui he is a phenomenal player but in order for the rest of north America to realize that this article is right. They need to make the playoffs and he needs to carry them

    • miketoasty - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Just because you watch hockey every night doesn’t change the fact that this is one of the most underrated players in the game. You need to stop thinking about you, before you go and get insulted at every opinion article on this site.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        In fairness, as someone pointed out (rather snidely) below Eriksson has been the league’s “best player you’ve never heard of” for 2-3 years now. What has to happen before he stops being “the best player you’ve never heard of” and is just considered “a damn good player”?

        The guy was in the freaking All Star game last year and has been at the top of those player polls as the league’s most underrated player for a couple of years now.

        He is a very good player, maybe he is still underrated, but those of us following the game know who he is. Hell, if nothing else we know him as the guy everyone always says is underrated.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        That being said, IMO the headline is not “insulting” (and if it is you need to think a bit about how you react to what you read).. just lazy.

  2. charleslouis99 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    loui erikkson is probably the MVP of this Dallas team him and Jamie benn are the keys to making the playoffs in the future

  3. ct14flyers - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    He needs a playoff run to be fully appreciated. Plus playing in Dallas takes some attention away.

  4. velocirapist - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Okay, I’m sick of this. I’ve been hearing about how underrated this guy is for 3 years. He is a second-tier player in the league. He’s not a superstar. Call me when he puts up 35+ goals again and at least a point per game.

  5. staaltostaal - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    The players you listed are not the only ones to get 70+ points the past 4 years. Eric Staal has as well.

    • danphipps01 - Aug 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      Marty St.-Louis had the lowest points total in six years this season, at 74. Before that, he had a five-year streak of eighty points a season or better.

  6. mattryannolan - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I would love to see him win a Lady Byng. One of the cleanest players in the game. Plays the game the right way, how could you not love this guy?

  7. lafavs - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Eriksson is probably a little underrated, but he hasn’t put up 70 points each of the past four seasons: he had 63 in 2008-09. So the list of players with four straight seasons at 70 or more points is Thornton, Henrik Sedin, Marty St. Louis and Eric Staal.

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=total&year_min=2009&year_max=2012&season_start=1&season_end=-1&age_min=0&age_max=99&birth_country=&franch_id=&is_active=&is_hof=&pos=S&handed=&c1stat=points&c1comp=gt&c1val=70&c2stat=&c2comp=gt&c2val=&c3stat=&c3comp=gt&c3val=&c4stat=&c4comp=gt&c4val=&order_by=goals

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