The Boston Bruins have seen quite a bit of an overhaul this summer, with salary cap restraints causing them to say goodbye to a few of their veteran players that were key to them reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three seasons.
They made one of the more noteworthy trades of the summer as well, when they sent young, and sometimes controversial, forward Tyler Seguin to Dallas in a multi-player deal that saw the centerpiece of Loui Eriksson making the trip to Boston.
Eriksson is a great get for the Bruins, no doubt, even if it was a mistake to give up on Tyler Seguin so early. You’re talking about one of the better two-way players in the game, and a guy capable of helping out a Bruins offense that is a bit stagnant at times. Still, one has to wonder if Eriksson will succeed in a larger market.
Playing with the Dallas Stars, Eriksson was able to fly under the radar for several years. It was part of the reason he became one of the more underrated players in the game. He’s gone for at least 25 goals in each of the last four seasons (prior to the lockout), and at least 70 points in the last three, also before the 2013 lockout.
Of course, moving from a small market like Dallas, to a major market like Boston is, with constant media coverage, has the potential to change a man. Can a guy like Eriksson continue to put up such impressive numbers now that there is more of a national spotlight on him?
Luckily, Eriksson’s game isn’t only predicated on offense. He’s a forward that plays very well in his own end, which makes him a strong addition for the Bruins, and it means that he doesn’t have to be a star on offense to be an effective player. One has to wonder, though, whether or not we’ll see a regression of some sort in terms of his overall production, now that he’s made the jump to a massive hockey market.