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Behind The Bench: Loui Eriksson

by on 09/27/2011

Vitals

Born: Goteborg, SWE
Birth date: July 17, 1985
Height: 6’2” (187 cm)
Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg)
Position: LW/RW
Shoots: Left
NHL Draft: 33rd overall by the Dallas Stars in 2003
NHL Team: Dallas Stars
Jersey No.: #21
National Team: Sweden
NHL Contract: 15/16
Cap Hit: $4,250,000

History

Eriksson spent the majority of his European hockey career with Frolunda HC, playing for their J18, J20, as well as their main club in the Elitserien. In his time with Frolunda, Eriksson won Rookie of the Year honours and an Elitserien Championship. Eriksson also represented Team Sweden at the U18 WJC tournament and led the team in scoring. His talent was recognized by the Dallas Stars as they drafted him 33rd overall at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Eriksson played two more season with Frolunda and tallied 27 points in 85 games.

Eriksson made his way to North America for the 2005-06 season and made his professional debut on October 6, 2005 with the Iowa Stars. In his first season, Eriksson tallied 60 points in 78 games and to compliment his regular season totals, he tallied 7 points in 7 playoff games. Eriksson acclimated himself to the North American game quickly and spent a majority of the 2006-07 season with the Dallas Stars. Eriksson made his NHL debut on October 6, 2006 vs. The Colorado Avalanche and tallied his first NHL goal and point in a 3-2 win. In 59 games with the Stars, Eriksson tallied 6 goals and 19 points. He also played in 4 NHL playoff games, recording 1 assist before the Stars were swept in the first round. Eriksson continued to develop on a steady pace. The following season, he recorded 31 points in 69 games and helped the Stars during their playoff run, tallying 8 points in 18 games.

It wasn’t until the 2008-09 season where Eriksson emerged as a legitimate scoring threat. He led the Stars with 36 goals and was 12th overall in the league in points. He recorded 63 points in 82 games. The following season, Eriksson followed up with 29 goals and 71 points and finished 2nd on the team in scoring behind Brad Richards.

During the 2010-11 season, Eriksson finished 2nd on the Stars in points with 27, 3rd on the team in goals with 28 and finished in the top 20 in scoring among all NHL skaters. Eriksson also participated in his first NHL All-Star Game and recorded 2 goals and 2 assists. Eriksson and Shea Weber co-led all players with four points.

Talent Analysis

Pros

  • Tremendous offensive instincts
  • Possesses a goal-scorers touch
  • Reliable defensively
  • Good size
  • Excellent all-round skating ability
  • Good speed, agility and acceleration
  • Good work ethic
  • Willing to go into the dirty areas of the ice
  • Great passing ability
  • Clutch goal scorer
  • Versatile, can play both wing positions

Cons

  • Needs to further develop his defensive skills and awareness
  • Could further strengthen himself to improve his shot

Future

Both of Eriksson’s former linemates, Brad Richards and James Neal, are no longer with the Stars and he’ll be forced to adjust and find chemistry with new linemates, Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. On paper, the line is perfect. You have your prototypical power forward in Morrow, your set-up man in Ribeiro, and a pseudo-sniper in Eriksson. Eriksson has only scored more goals than assists once in his NHL career but twice in his North American career. He scored 31 goals and 29 assists with the Iowa Stars during the 2005-06 season and tallied 36 goals and 27 assists with the Dallas Stars during the 2008-09 season.

Eriksson has the offensive talent to be a 35 goal scorer and he’ll show it next season on the top line. He has one of the most underrated shots in the league that can sneak up on goalies. He isn’t flashy but he’s got a boat load of talent. Don’t be surprised to see Eriksson tally 35 goals and 75 points next season.

NHL Highlights

  • Drafted 33nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft
  • 1st NHL Game Played – October 4th, 2006 vs. Colorado Avalanche (3-2 W)
  • 1st NHL Point – October 4th, 2006 vs. Colorado Avalanche (Goal)
  • 1st NHL Goal – October 4th, 2006 vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • 1st NHL Assist – November 29th, 2006 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1st NHL Multi-point Game – January 6th, 2007 vs. Calgary Flames (Two assists)
  • 1st NHL Hat-trick – December 16th, 2008 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 1st NHL Playoff GP – April 11, 2007 vs. Vancouver Canucks (4-5 OTL)
  • 1st NHL Playoff Point – April 11, 2007 vs. Vancouver Canucks (Assist)
  • 1st NHL Playoff Goal – April 10th, 2008 vs. Anaheim Ducks
  • 1st NHL Playoff Assists – April 11, 2007 vs. Vancouver Canucks
  • 1st NHL Multi-point Game – April 12, 2007 vs. Anaheim Ducks (Goal and an assist)

Career Highlights

  • 2001-02 J18 Allsvenskan Champion
  • 2001-02 J20 SuperElit Champion
  • 2002-03 J18 Allsvenskan Champion
  • 2002-03 J20 SuperElit Champion
  • 2003-04 Elitserien Rookie of the Year
  • 2004-05 Elitserien Champion
  • 2004-05 Elitserien Most Goals by Junior (5)
  • 2004-05 J20 SuperElit Champion
  • 2008-09 World Championship Bronze Medal
  • 2010-11 NHL All-Star Game Participant
  • 2010-11 World Championship Silver Medal
  • 2010-11 World Championship Top 3 Player on team Sweden

Career Stats

AHL: 95 GP, 37 G, 33 A, 70 Pts
AHL Playoffs:
16 GP, 4 G, 10 A, 14 Pts
Allsvenskan:
2 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts
Elitserien:
85 GP, 13 G, 14 A, 27 Pts
Elitserien Playoffs:
22 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 Pts
International:
20 GP, 7 G, 6 A, 13 Pts
International-Jr:
71 GP, 28 G, 21 A, 49 Pts
J18 Allsvenskan:
10 GP, 6 G, 3 A, 9 Pts
J18 Allsvenskan Playoffs:
5 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 Pts
NHL:
371 GP, 112 G, 145 A, 257 Pts
NHL Playoffs:
22 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 Pts
OG:
4 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 Pts
SuperElit:
68 GP, 24 G, 31 A, 55 Pts
SuperElit Playoffs:
14 GP, 6 G, 10 A, 16 Pts
TV-Pucken:
8 GP, 3 G, 9 A, 12 Pts
U16 SM:
1 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 Pt
WC:
18 GP, 6 G, 5 A, 11 Pts
WJC-18:
6 GP, 5 G, 2 A, 7 Pts
WJC-20:
12 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 Pts

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