Position: Right Wing
Height/Weight: 6'2" / 183 Lbs
Born: July 17, 1985
Hometown: Goteberg, Sweden
Eriksson gets $36M over six years. Pretty durable skilled player should hold up over term, had concussion issues in 2013. #Canucks— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) July 1, 2016
Eriksson is cashing in on his strong 2015-16 season and no doubt the Benning-Boston connection didn't hurt either. Boston had wanted to re-sign him, but a guy past 30 years old playing strongly heading into his UFA presents a tricky cap situation, one where Benning is clearly happy to roll the dice.
No details yet whether the deal includes a NTC/NMC.
Eriksson has provided strong puck possession and goals-for over the past three seasons for the Bruins, something that Vancouver has been lacking outside of the Sedins.
Eriksson (Van) second line scoring, plays all sits, draws penalties, slightly buried, slightly high QoC. pic.twitter.com/jp8XOJWLnu— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) July 1, 2016
How Eriksson stacks up against Vrbata, who most recently vacated the role of Vancouver's top six scoring winger
(Courtesy Own The Puck)
Where Does He Fit In?
Presumably this gives WD an ideal top (Swedish) line. He can also drop him to Bo Horvat's line, swapping with Hansen (or Virtanen, let a guy dream!)
if when the Canucks struggle to get on the board. Lastly he's an immediate boost to the Vancouver's 27th ranked PP last season.
Loui Eriksson is a top-six winger who can produce offensively, as well as drive possession. In addition to his 63 points, he had a 5v5 CF% of 52.19 last season and a 5v5 GF% of 63.29.
He scores many of his goals by being in the right position, finding holes in the defense for wide open shots from close-range, but he also scores by receiving the puck down low and driving the net. - Winging It In Motown