He’s one of the most polarizing figures on the Canucks. Signed to a lengthy and lucrative deal as a free agent in 2016, to say Loui Eriksson’s been underwhelming in his time here in Vancouver is a massive understatement. To his credit, he’s tried to maintain a positive outlook, and let’s face it, for as frustrating as he’s been this is still a guy who’s scored 30 goals in the NHL and he isn’t happy about how he’s played.
Until now, we haven’t heard much else about it from his perspective. A new interview with Eriksson, who is over with Team Sweden as they prepare for the World Hockey Championships in Slovakia starting May 10, has Eriksson talking about his relationship with Canucks coach Travis Green.
In it, he discusses his frustration with a drop in ice time, and that he doesn’t get along with Green 100%, and that he doesn’t get the same kind of trust from Green that he’s had from other coaches. He says he’s still having fun and has no plans to retire, but this certainly will be something to keep an eye on over the summer as the Canucks try and craft support for their young core. I will say it’s a tad on the shady side that Eriksson’s not said a word of his apparent unhappiness over in Vancouver, but unloads when he’s back in Sweden. Might be time to see if there’s a market for Little Things in the NHL...
A Canucks prospect was in the news yesterday during the WHL Bantam draft as the Moose Jaw Warriors sent D Jett Woo to the Calgary Hitmen for Calgary’s 1st round pick (11th overall). Woo signed a PTO with the Utica Comets earlier this year after the Warriors were knocked out of the WHL Playoffs. Woo is not old enough to play in the AHL next season though, so if he doesn’t make the Canucks he’ll be reporting to the Hitmen. Woo had a breakout season for Moose Jaw, adding a real offensive flair to a smart, physical defensive game, with 12 goals and 54 assists this season, including 33 assists on the power play, good for first in the league.
Over in the OHL Playoffs, Michael DiPietro has been on one hell of a run. His Ottawa 67’s are about to start the League Finals against the Guelph Storm and DiPietro’s been a major reason for their success. He’s gone 12-0 in three playoff rounds, with a .913 save percentage. Any talk of the loss in January at the World Jrs or the 7-2 bombardment by the San Jose Sharks in his NHL debut back in February having an effect on him can be put to rest as he seems like he’s on a mission to bring the 67’s, who he was traded to from the Windsor Spitfires in early December, all the way to a Memorial Cup win.