Loui Eriksson‘s debut season with the Boston Bruins may not have been exactly ideal, but the Swedish winger did show flashes of past years once he settled down. His adjustment period was thwarted from the start after suffering two concussuins in a five-week span.
Eriksson was sidelined for five games in October. Buffalo toughguy John Scott connected on a menancing check, leaving Eriksson with a concussion. It was the same story in a December affair opposite the Penguins. Brooks Orpik leveled him. Eriksson would not return to game action with the Bruins until after the Winter Olympic break.
Claude Julien initially had Eriksson paired alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The emergence of Reilly Smith and Eriksson’s known struggles ultimately led to further line juggling. In regards to Eriksson, it was for the better.
We saw Eriksson began to mesh with fellow Swede Carl Soderberg once placed on the third line down the stretch and into the playoffs. Soderberg flourished and it was in large part due to Eriksson flanking him. The two seemed to thrive off of one another. Eriksson became more comfortable in his role and the two exhibited strong play.
The 28-year-old finished the season having scored 10 goals and 27 assists in 61 games. He accumulated a plus-14 rating.
Eriksson is guy who will far surpass those numbers in 2014-2015, assuming he stays healthy. He possesses a great deal of talent. We’ll get to see his full arsenal of skills on display come October if Julien has him paired on the top line with David Krejci.
I took it a bit easier on Eriksson with my final grade because his debut season was a bit rocky. Returning from a concussion on two seperate occassions, with confidence for that matter, is no joke.
Final Grade: B-