The 30-year-old Swede joins the Canucks after three seasons with the Boston Bruins and an extensive career with the Dallas Stars.
“We were looking to add scoring to this group and Loui is a player that scored 30 goals in the League last year,” general manager Jim Benning said. “We feel he’s a real versatile player, can play left wing or right wing. He’s a first-line power-play guy and he can kill penalties. We think he’s a good all-around player and there’s a fit there with the Sedins.”
Indeed, it is exciting to consider a player like Eriksson with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The Canucks have been struggling to find the right combination with the twins since the West Coast Express era, with only intermittently successful combinations.
Vancouver also struggled with offence, scoring just 182 goals last season – the second fewest in the NHL. They had just two 20-goals scorers (Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen) and only the Sedin twins eclipsed 50 points.
Eriksson’s best NHL season came with the Stars in 2010-2011, when he posted 73 points in 79 games – including 27 goals. He’s passed 20 goals in six seasons and potted 36 goals with the Stars in the 2008-2009 season. Last season, he scored 30 goals with the Bruins.
Eriksson’s offensive instincts should give the Sedins more options, as he’s got an accurate shot and can slip into tight areas. He’s a quality playmaker, too, and plays a solid defensive game.
“He’s a guy that keeps himself in really good shape physically,” Benning said. “He’s long and his skill set, his hands, his ability to make plays in tight spaces has always been very good. We just feel like it’s a good fit for him with our group. We need to add scoring to our group and he’s going to do that.”