32-Year-Old Right Wing – Vancouver Canucks
Loui Eriksson Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Canucks in July of 2016.
Eriksson made it two straight games with a goal in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Eriksson arrives in Vancouver after recording an impressive 30-goal, 63-point campaign with the Bruins. While he should slot into Vancouverís top-six, it remains unclear if he will play on the top line with the Sedin twins. All signs point to him lining up with his fellow Swedes, however, so Eriksson could be in for a very productive 2016-17 season. He racked up 10 power-play tallies in 2015-16 and has hit the 20-goal mark in all but one of his last seven full seasons, making the proven goal scorer a significant addition to a struggling Canucksí offense. Expect another strong year from the 31-year-old, who will slot in on Vancouverís top power-play unit with the Sedin twins and youngster Ben Hutton.
While concussions slowed Eriksson in 2013-14 -- his first season with the Bruins -- the 30-year-old Swede rebounded last season, finishing second on the team in scoring with 47 points (including 22 goals) in 81 games. Eriksson hasnít been quite the scorer the Bís thought they were getting from Dallas in the much-maligned Tyler Seguin swap, but he remains a savvy and skilled two-way player who possesses the versatility to play both wings, and in turn, move from one line to another. Given that he figures to remain a special-teams factor, Eriksson will continue to maintain a degree of fantasy utility, whether he sees first-, second- or third-line duty. In any case, Eriksson's ceiling in that regard is somewhat capped by what likely projects as a balanced scoring attack in Boston, even following an offseason rife with turnover in personnel up front.
With Jarome Iginla having signed with the Avs this summer, Eriksson is viewed as the top candidate to move up to the Bruins' first line this season, joining Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Injuries slowed Eriksson in his first season with Boston, with the winger recording modest totals of 10 goals and 37 points in 61 games. While he's not the sniper that Iginla is, Eriksson is a savvy and skilled two-way player who should mesh well with Krejci and Lucic. Moving up to the first line would no doubt be a major boost to Eriksson's fantasy value, though it would of course create a vacancy on the Bruins' third line.
Eriksson Ė who joined the Bruins in a blockbuster trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas - is projected to work as the right wing on the Bruins' No. 2 line this coming season. In that scenario, his line mates would be Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. With the addition of right winger Jarome Iginla, who is expected to play on the team's No. 1 line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, the Bruins' top six group up front looks pretty solid these days. While Eriksson, who had 12 goals and 17 assists in 48 games this past season for the Stars, may not have Seguin's electric skills, he figures to be a productive two-way forward for the Bruins, with a up tick in fantasy value likely in store for him this coming campaign, given the quality of his projected line mates.
Eriksson's first season out from under the shadow of Brad Richards brought more of the same, as he's now eclipsed the 70-point mark in each of the past three seasons. He may not exceed his 36 goals from 2008-09 (largely fueled by scoring on 20 percent of his shots), but he'll slot in well on one of Dallas' top two lines and figures to benefit from an improved power play that was one of the worst units in NHL history this past season.
Eriksson eclipsed the 70-point mark for the second straight year, chipping in 10 power-play tallies along the way. While he's seen his goal scoring decrease for three straight years (36-29-27), his overall play has improved on the whole. The departure of Brad Richards via free agency will impact Eriksson the most however, as he's now expected to play alongside either Mike Ribeiro or Jamie Benn.
Eriksson backed up his 36-goal breakout season from the year before with another solid campaign (29G, 42A). He remains a relative non-factor (6G, 6A) on the power play despite solid numbers at even strength, often times not even hitting the ice until late in the power play. There's additional upside here if his role with the man advantage increases a bit, and he's a lock to skate on Dallas' top line alongside Brad Richards.
Eriksson exploded for a 36-goal, 63-point campaign, more than doubling his production from the previous season. He proved to be a valued finisher from in close, converting on 20% of his shots, and will continue to serve as one of Dallas' primary scoring wingers along with Brenden Morrow.
The Stars may have finally solved their scoring depth issues on the left side with Eriksson. He netted 14 goals and chipped in 17 assists in 69 games, and was one of Dallas' better players upon the arrival of Brad Richards. He's all but a lock to begin the year on a Dallas scoring line, and should build on last year's totals.
Eriksson struggled during his first stint in the NHL (59 games, six goals, 13 assists) after a solid season in Iowa last year (78 games, 31 goals). He'll get a chance to win a spot on one of Dallas' top two lines this preseason, so watch his progress closely. He entered camp last year as Dallas' top offensive prospect.
Scored 31 goals with Iowa last year, his first experience to the North American game. The Stars are hoping he can make a Jussi Jokinen-like impact in training camp and force his way onto the roster. Watch his role in the preseason.
Projects to be a solid NHL'er, but will need to spend the bulk of the year at Iowa of the AHL before we get a good read on how he'll adjust to the NHL style of play.