posted at 2/3/2014 10:56 AM EST
In response to Uncle-Salty's comment:
If we were going to trade Seguin ....
This is the whole discussion in a nutshell. If the Bruins had acquired Eriksson as a UFA for $4.25/yr, people might still question whether or not he's physical enough, but they probably wouldn't have much to say about his production. Those who are bedazzled with Sequins need Loui to fail so they can say "see! see!" Any suggestion that it's too early to judge him is merely an "excuse" and the fact that Taylor Sequins is ripping it up in Dallas is proof that it doesn't take this long for a good player to adjust to a new team. This argument is about as subtle as using a sledgehammer to operate an iPhone.
You see a less Seguin infested version of this even in comments like BadHab's or even Mr. Hultot's. The air of "gotta win the trade" has become a bad fug that clouds around every discussion of Eriksson as a player.
You know who this is reminding me of a bit? Ryder. And it's actually a pretty useful comparison since Ryder - aka Glyder for his perceived lack of physical play, grit, emotional engagement etc. - scored 18 in back to back years in Boston before heading to Eriksson's Stars and mashing 35, and then posting a 29 goal pace last year over 46 games. Invert that and assume that the system, style of play etc., and you have Eriksson. A 30 goal scorer in Dallas who plays on the third line with the Bruins probably averages out at under 20 goals. The other example is Jagr...but the less said about him the better. Suffice to say he was a reasonable offensive threat in Dallas and he's scoring well for the Devils, but in Boston he couldn't score a goal in the playoffs.
The Bruins have 28 games left. If Eriksson plays them all, he'll end the year with 62 games played. If he matches the pace of the 21 game stretch that led up to his second concussion, he'll finish with 37 points and 13 goals - a 17 goal, 49 point campaign if he hadn't missed time due to concussions. On the 2011 team, that would have been good for 5th in scoring behind only Bergeron, Horton, Krejci and Lucic.
I don't expect Eriksson to have fewer than 20 goals next year. I don't expect him to have fewer than 55 points. I also won't be running out to by an Eriksson jersey because he's an interesting player to watch but not one who gets you out of your seat. But so what? They can win with what he brings to the table, and I honestly think he'll get better the longer he's in Boston. No doubt the pairing with Soderberg seems to be taking.