When Loui Eriksson steps onto the ice next season, he will likely be playing on the Boston Bruins‘ top unit alongside David Krecji and Milan Lucic. The B’s Organization has already hinted at this jump for Eriksson from the third line to the first when Jarome Iginla decided to take his play to the Western Conference.
Eriksson produced 37 points in 61 games with the Bruins last season after being acquired from the Dallas Stars. Eriksson does not have overwhelming speed, but his vision and patience on the ice helped hold together the B’s third unit. Head coach Claude Julien noticed chemistry building between him and fellow Swede Carl Soderberg, but Eriksson is the type of player that can grind it out on a their line or score flashy highlight reel goals while playing on a top unit. You get the best of both worlds with Loui.
It might be a long shot to say Eriksson will be able to replace the 30 goals that Iginla netted last season, but there is no question he is used to playing with top tier talent. On his Swedish Olympic squad Eriksson frequently skated alongside the Sedin brothers who helped bring his game to the next level.
At 28 years old, Eriksson was selected 45th overall in the 2003 draft, the same year as Patrice Bergeron, and surprisingly 12 spots ahead of him on the draft board. Eriksson has the potential to step into a bigger role with the B’s, so next season Bruins fans should look forward to seeing him frequently light the lamp.