Why RW Loui Eriksson Is a Keeper for the Boston Bruins in 2014-15

November 21st, 2014 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »

Considering his recent production, among other factors, it is a curious time for anybody to propose trading Loui Eriksson. Yet that is exactly what one Boston Bruins beat reporter and pundit has done within the last week.

Three days after Eriksson notched his 10th point in 18 games this season, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com opined as follows in a Sunday Q&A with his readers:

I think dealing Loui Eriksson is the right move, but you have to wonder how high his value is around the league after the way he’s played in Boston…He’s never going to be a top six forward on a team like the Bruins that demands intensity, emotion, urgency and hard-nosed battle in all zones. Eriksson really isn’t that kind of player.

Those are all fair points. But is it really a top-six supply of those attributes or nothing if Boston and Eriksson are to have a successful partnership?

Recent highlights say not. Eriksson is making plays in multiple situations and continuing to help lend the Bruins a crucially dependable third line.

Granted, the ninth-year professional veteran and eighth-year NHL staple le ...

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