Loui Eriksson
Loui Eriksson
34-Year-Old Right WingRW
Vancouver Canucks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Eriksson turned in his best season with the Canucks in 2018-19, finishing his third season in Vancouver with 11 goals, 18 assists and 29 points. That said, he still failed to reach the 30-point mark for a third straight season after doing so in eight of the prior nine campaigns. He finished last season with an average ice time of 14:04, the lowest mark of his career (by more than two minutes). Eriksson is not producing points like he once did. And without points, he offers little else (he dished out just three hits in 2018-19) to make him an attractive fantasy asset at this stage. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Canucks in July of 2016.
Opens 2019-20 account
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November 30, 2019
Eriksson scored a goal on two shots, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Oilers.
Eriksson got a top-line assignment Saturday, and cashed in with an insurance goal late in the second period. The Swedish winger's tally was his first point in 15 games this season. He hasn't topped 30 points since 2015-16 when he had 63 points with the Bruins. Eriksson is a fantasy non-factor at this point in his career, and he'll likely return to a limited role in the near future.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Eriksson improved slightly in his second season with Vancouver, but overall the 33-year-old winger continues to be a disappointment after signing a five-year contract. He scored 10 goals and 23 points in 50 games, improving his point-per-game average, but logged just 16 minutes per game in 50 appearances, both of which were career lows. In the past, Eriksson's been a player who's had to take some time to adjust to a new team, but the 33-year-old has been uncharacteristically injury prone and largely ineffective during his time as a Canuck. They will give him every chance to be a top-six forward, though there are no guarantees. Eriksson is a fantasy asset with a low floor, but he'll need to improve his shooting percentage and play with the right linemates to provide value.
Eriksson failed to deliver in 2016-17 after arriving in Vancouver on a hefty six-year contract. The Swede registered 30 goals and 63 points in his final season with the Bruins, but managed just 11 goals and 24 points in his debut with the Canucks. Eriksson missed the final 17 games of the season with a leg injury, but even when he was healthy, the 32-year-old failed to develop a rhythm and was inconsistent with his production. Eriksson did strike five times on the power play and appears to have a top-six role locked down, so there's definitely reason to believe he'll bounce back. It was a very tough season in Vancouver, but Eriksson remains a talented two-way player who might just need some more time to re-discover his game. A massive bounce-back season seems unlikely, but the six-time 20-plus-goal scorer should have a better time of it in 2017-18.
Eriksson arrives in Vancouver after recording an impressive 30-goal, 63-point campaign with the Bruins. While he should slot into Vancouver’s 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 Canucks’ offense. Expect another strong year from the 31-year-old, who will slot in on Vancouver’s 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 hasn’t been quite the scorer the B’s 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 – 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.
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Draws into lineup Saturday
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November 30, 2019
Eriksson will play Saturday against the Oilers, Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 reports.
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Searching for first point
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November 20, 2019
Eriksson has yet to crack the scoresheet this season.
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Pockets assist
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October 28, 2019
Eriksson registered an assist in Monday's 7-2 win over the Panthers.
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Playing Monday
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October 28, 2019
Eriksson will slot into the lineup against Florida on Monday.
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Odd man out
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October 16, 2019
Eriksson has only appeared in one contest for the Canucks this season.
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