In addition to his strong defensive skills and speed, Loui Eriksson just doesn’t miss any games. In his last four seasons, the 27-year-old Swede has only missed three games.
Knowing that he will be in the lineup is especially helpful for the Bruins this offseason with the potential injury concern over Gregory Campbell and, to a lesser extent, Patrice Bergeron.
I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but it's worth noting again. Eriksson has never amassed more than 28 penalty minutes in any season. He plays an incredibly smart game, especially in his own zone.
Since scoring 36 goals in 2006-07, Eriksson’s goal scoring numbers have dropped. He has only notched 29, 27, 26 and 12 goals in each of his last four seasons, respectively.
In his 36-goal campaign, he was scoring in over 43 percent of his games. Last year, it was 25 percent.
Some of this can be blamed on the atrocious lineup the Stars have put on the ice over the last few years, but a trend is a trend. With the improved cast of characters that Eriksson will be skating with this season, he should be able to tally 35-40 goals.
Bruins fans are hoping he reverses this trend.