Julien 'looking forward to seeing' post-Olympics Eriksson

Julien 'looking forward to seeing' post-Olympics Eriksson
February 25, 2014, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON – It’s no secret that Loui Eriksson hasn’t really yet been the player the Bruins envisioned when they traded Tyler Seguin to Dallas over the Fourth of July. The two concussions and 20 games missed due to injury have truly disrupted the Swedish winger’s flow, and the six goals and 20 points in 37 games hasn’t really been up to what those around the Bruins expected from the perennial 30-goal scorer.

But Eriksson was a top-line forward for the Silver Medal winning Team Sweden in the Sochi Winter Olympics, and was playing 20 plus minutes a night in every situation while also producing goals. He finished with a pair of goals and three points in the six games while averaging 19:01 of ice time, and playing in every situation for the Swedes.

In short, Eriksson was the smooth, dangerous two-way forward Boston expected from Day One with the Bruins after arriving from Dallas.

Claude Julien watched that production from Eriksson up close and personal while coaching Team Canada in Sochi, and hopes that is the player Boston gets for the final 25 games of the regular season, and the playoffs beyond that.

“Loui was one of their best players. He played on the top line, and he did a great job,” said Claude Julien. “Before we left [for Sochi] I had really enjoyed Loui’s progression from his last injury, and I thought he was playing great. Going to Sochi and seeing him play with his team, he played even better.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him back in our lineup. If he plays for us the way he did over there, we’re going to get a pretty good idea of what he’s capable of bringing. [The Olympics] was a good thing for him.”

Eriksson should slide right back into his right wing role on the third line with fellow countrymen Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly, and that could be a nice little Swedish connection giving the Black and Gold some scoring depth headed into the stretch run. Perhaps then trade evaluators will finally be able to get a good read on which team, Dallas or Boston, actually won that Seguin/Eriksson blockbuster deal from the summertime.