How Loui Eriksson Will Impact Boston Bruins in 2013-14 Season

September 9th, 2013 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

The summer addition of Loui Eriksson makes the Boston Bruins a much stronger Stanley Cup contender than the team that came within two wins of another championship last season.

To complete the trade with the Dallas Stars for Eriksson, normally conservative Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli decided to give up on former No. 2 overall draft pick Tyler Seguin, but the bold move to risk future success for immediate improvement was a necessary one to make Boston a more well-rounded team.

Where the Bruins will benefit the most from acquiring Eriksson is getting consistent scoring at right wing and a strong two-way skill set that is perfect for head coach Claude Julien's defense-first style of play.

"[Eriksson is] a good two-way player," said Chiarelli in July. "He knows where to find the spots to score. Has a good shot, good release from either side. Can play on the [power play]"

"He can play the right side, and he has left-shot skill. He spreads out your power play. He’s a fast and a good two-way player. There’s a lot of his game that fits into how we play."

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