Tyler Seguin was the next franchise player for the Boston Bruins. He was what Joe Thornton was supposed to be, or what Phil Kessel was supposed to be. But, just like his predecessors, Tyler Seguin was shipped out of Boston, just three years into his NHL career.
After trade rumors swirled around this years draft, amidst speculation of off-ice issues that filled the hockey world, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli pulled the trigger on a deal last week sending Seguin to Dallas.
In return, the Bruins received a consistent two-way talent in Loui Eriksson, along with former 2011 first round pick Joe Morrow, as well as Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
Eriksson, who’s been regarded as one of the NHL’s better players in the past five years, held a conference call with the media this morning, and seemed very excited to be a Bruin.
“Really looking forward to playing in Boston,” Eriksson said. “It’s a really good team. They have been one of the best teams in the league the past few years. I’m really looking forward to playing there and doing my best to help out.”
The 27-year-old is known for his two-way ability, which should help him adjust to the Boston style of play; but hes no slouch offensively, as he’s scored at least 71 points in his past three full NHL seasons.
“Yeah I watched some of the playoff games,” Eriksson said. “I know they play a tough style, a good defensive style. I think that’ll fit me well, I like to play that way.”
After what he deemed a “weird” year in Dallas, Eriksson looks forward to reestablishing himself as a player, someone who averaged 29.5 goals before the lockout induced shortened season.
“It was a weird year. I played on a lot of different lines and never really got that full confidence,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting ready and rebounding with a good season (in Boston).”
The obvious differences between a Dallas and Boston hockey market excite Eriksson, who is back in Sweden training now and plans to visit Boston in a few weeks.
It looks as though Eriksson will take the place of Tyler Seguin, and play alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, which should be a tremendous fit for all three players. Bruins fans should be excited, as Eriksson could very well be a big part of this team’s future moving forward, helping out in the hunt for another Cup.