WILMINGTON – And on the second day, Loui Eriksson spoke to the assembled Bruins media.
After skating in his second Bruins captain’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, the Swedish forward said many of the same things as he did in his introductory conference call after being traded from the Dallas Stars to Boston. He arrived in Boston on Saturday, and was excited to be participating in the voluntary practices with fellow Swedish imports Niklas Svedberg and Carl Soderberg.
The influx of Swedish talent to the Black and Gold makes for an interesting departure for a Bruins organization that’s in a slight transition phase after waving goodbye to Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton and Anton Khudobin in the offseason.
Eriksson has averaged 29.5 goals and 69.5 points over the last four full NHL seasons, and had 12 goals and 29 points along with a minus-9 rating in 48 games for the Stars last season. The 28-year-old will likely be paired with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on potentially one of the best two-way forward lines in hockey. In speaking with former Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson, who was just hired as an amateur scout for the Black and Gold in Europe, Eriksson got the sense he was going to like it in Boston.
“[Axelsson] really loved it here. It’s a great town to play in, great fans and a really great organization,” said Eriksson to reporters. “I'm excited to be here, and really ready to go. Playing my first game here [in Boston] is going to be awesome. [It will be] a great feeling.”
Eriksson arrived to the Bruins organization via a blockbuster deal with Dallas in July that sent Seguin, Peverley and prospect Ryan Button to the Stars organization, and brought Eriksson to Boston along with prospects Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.