Despite four consecutive seasons of at least 20 goals prior to the 2013 campaign, which would have likely included at least another 20 if it were a full season, Loui Eriksson continues to fly under the radar as one of the more consistently dangerous forwards in the league.
But the Dallas Stars forward hasn’t flown under the radar across the pond over in the IIHF World Championships, playing for Team Sweden. In fact, it was Eriksson that propelled them to the Gold Medal Game, where they will meet Switzerland for a chance to take home the title.
Eriksson scored a pair of goals in Saturday’s game to put Sweden into the title game. He had a part in all three goals in the 3-0 win, scoring a pair of power play goals to put the Swedes up 2-0 before adding an assist on the empty net goal that sealed the deal.
The 27-year-old forward has been very consistent at Worlds, averaging a point per game. He has four goals and five assists in nine games for Sweden. Three of those goals have come on the power play, while a pair, including in Saturday’s game, have been of the game-winning variety.
One would hope that Eriksson can carry this success at Worlds over into the regular season. The Stars promise to be an improved club overall, but it will still be on Eriksson to be one of the offensive leaders for this franchise. He had three consecutive seasons of at least 70 points prior to the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
However, while his 29 points were the second-highest total on the team, he was on pace for his lowest goal-scoring total since the 2007-08 season. He had only two goals on the power play.
Sweden and Switzerland will meet to decide who will take home the gold in the 2013 World Championships.