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Eriksson pointless as he transitions to Bruins’ style

Oct 8, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 3: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Boston Bruins walks to the locker room after warm ups prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden on October 3, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

We’re just two games into the Bruins’ campaign, but you would have to stretch to find things to fault Boston for so far. They’ve won their first two contests by comfortable margins and most of their major players have gotten their first point. One notable exception to that is forward Loui Eriksson.

That’s nothing to stress over and it’s also not terribly surprising to Bruins coach Claude Julien.

“You can’t judge or expect miracles in the first few games of the season,” Julien told CSN New England. “You give them a good month to get to know each other and play together, and you hope in that month it progresses. I’ve seen that so far from training camp until right now.”

Eriksson is used to playing an “overload” style where players tend to keep close to each other while carrying the puck through the neutral zone, but the Bruins don’t share that philosophy. So far, Eriksson has had some difficulty breaking those habits.

“I usually adjust to systems pretty well, but just the one thing I did in all my years in Dallas was cutting through the middle and supporting the other winger,” Eriksson said, according to the Boston Herald. “But we’ve been practicing it every day and we’ll get better at it.”

It might be a bit before Eriksson finds his groove in Boston, but he’s still a great forward and Julien seems content to let this transition run its course. That’s certainly easier to do when the team is winning anyways.

  1. upyourstodd - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Was watching him in the Detroit game. It seemed as if he would pause every so often to see what his linemates were doing. He was a half step behind in transition because he was making sure he knew where to go. Couple more games of this and then we can comfortably expect him to start making an impact.

  2. edzo82270 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    ….that and he got robbed on a shot from 5 feet Saturday night. 2 games in and this is your story Ryan? Slow news day? Briere is pointless and -1 in Montreal. Think that’s going to remain the same? Write about how Philly’s big off season acquisition Lecavalier leads the team in goals. With 1. Oh, and they’re 0 – 3.

    • hockey412 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Decaf, my brother.

      Decaf.

    • dropthepuckeh - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I think the point is more about Eriksson needing to learn a new system that is more of an adjustment for him than previous schemes. Imagine what the team will look like when his line gets clicking and producing goals.

      I do love that Jordan Caron is on pace for 41 goals this year though…..

  3. titansbro - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    How’s Seguin doing? 1 assist? Oh yeah, bad trade. Pfft!

    • darksidecowboy - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      We miss Loui in Dallas but the chemistry between Benn and Seguin will begin this road trip. Enjoy Loui, Seguin is going to dominate for years.

  4. matt14gg - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Two games people, two games…let’s settle down a little on the Loui Eriksson watch.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Seguin has literally 100% more points than Eriksson right now. The teams are seperated by a mere two points at this juncture in the season. How is this not an issue! :D

  5. arckln - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    The headline made me think that he was “pointless” in the sense that he lacked meaning—which made me sad for him. But, alas, he is without a point. Carry on.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      “We knew we were getting 50+ points a season but not all this existential angst”.

  6. rkdjr - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I agree with titan….don’t miss Seguin at all….but does Marchand?? Is it me or is he not as.cocky this year….almost seems timid.

    • scott24105 - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Marchand was told by Julien to tame his game down for some reason. He even said last year that if he keeps taking penalties, he wont play. When Marchand is playing on the edge, creating havoc, he is invaluable. When playing safe and soft, he is average at best

      • rkdjr - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Well said.Scott

      • amityvillefun - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        Great analysis.

        The little ball needs his “hate” back.

        Honestly, I think the top two lines should be:
        Marchand – Bergeron – Iginla
        Lucic – Krecji – Eriksson

        Paille should get a chance as well if someone isn’t working out. He’s a player that deserves a shot to play with the teams best players. He can be as chippy as Marchand and he has speed and puck hunger.

  7. vanindeed - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I wouldn’t worry about this guy

  8. tdrusher225 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Give this guy some time and he’ll adjust just fine. That being said, it’s difficult to watch players struggle early in the season because you know how much more confident they become when they’re putting up points early in the year. Hopefully that won’t happen with Eriksson, as well as Iginla.

  9. canadianguest - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Wow, I haven’t seen such panic since I was at the Bobby Ryan thread. As was said before, and we should say it again, two games.

  10. ant1974 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Give it some time. He will be fine in this system.

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