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Bruins’ Eriksson eager to prove himself on first line

Aug 11, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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When Jarome Iginla signed a three-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche in July, it left a sizable hole on the Boston Bruins’ top line.

The guy who wants to fill that spot and make it his own is Loui Eriksson. As Joe Haggerty of shared, he’s eager to prove to coach Claude Julien he can provide the same kind of offensive punch playing on what’s already a talented first line.

“It’s definitely two great players to play with. I played two games with [David Krejci and Milan Lucic] last season, and it was nice,” said Eriksson. “We’ll see when the preseason starts, and if maybe we practice together a little bit. Then we’ll see how things work out. Krejci is a great player, and he can see the ice really well.”

Eriksson said he wasn’t happy with his first season with the Bruins after arriving in Boston in the deal that sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. He had 10 goals and 37 points in 65 games. He missed 17 games after two separate concussions, something that kept him from being the total two-way player he was in Texas.

If he’s healthy, putting him with Krejci and Lucic could be just the elixir to get the former 30-goal scorer back into offensive form. Krejci’s ability to distribute the puck and Lucic driving the net and wreaking havoc could free space for Eriksson to shoot.

  1. slaugin - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    After (mostly) a full season I still don’t know what he does great. From what I’ve seen He’s pretty good is most facets of the game but nothing stands out about him.

    • shaundre93 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      He has good puck control, good vision, a surprisingly good shot (we didn’t see enough of that last year) and extremely high IQ in all zones. The only thing I was a little disappointed with last year was his speed. I expected him to be much faster. Other than that, I’m pumped to see what he can do on the top line next year. I really like his game

    • withseidelinn - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Put up 60+ points once 70+ points three times in Dallas when they were irrelevant. He’s good.

  2. titansbro - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    It was obvious the concussions really limited him last year. Even when he was on the ice he didn’t seem sure of himself. 2 (substantial) concussions in one season will do that to you.

  3. yette1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Perhaps the concussions he realized last season explain his poor play. He is certainly not a Bruins style player, no interest in going into the corners and digging pucks out. Never took the body throughout last season. He never looked like a 60-70 point player to me. My prediction would be if they put him on the Krejci/Lucic line, he won’t last long.

  4. papajack1259 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    The beauty of having Lucic on your line is you don,t need to go in the corner and with Krecji He just has to be ready to shoot and he can shoot May this is his break out season? The preseason is just around the corner….

  5. stepanup - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    This “being a Bruins style of player” is so ridiculous. He’s a very good player who couldn’t show it last year. Being a Bruin is playing a solid two way game, and that’s what he does. He’ll gel with Krejci and probably put up 25 goals and 65 points.

  6. canada2014gold - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    They should trade him for Erikson, too me that’s a good hockey trade that you do not see shy more

    • topshelf37 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Who are you trading for “Erikson”? Eriksson? Is that even a sentence? Yucky grammar bro.

    • hockey412 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Wow that’s bad English.

    • wutangwild - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM


  7. gallyhatch - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Personally, I think he gets a pass for last year considering he was playing in a new system and missed 20% of the season due to the concussions. (not to mention taking a high stick to the face in February & getting some teeth knocked out)

    The guy had a tough year, to criticize him for not ‘taking the body’ or going into the corners is pretty harsh in my opinion.

    He still may not fit in the system when all is said & done, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for 2013-2014.

  8. canada2014gold - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I apologize, I think a good trade would be Erikson for Edler.

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