Re: Seguin/Peverley vs Eriksson/Smith
posted at 10/18/2013 3:54 PM EDT
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
In response to TheGuyWithDaThing's comment:
Eriksson will be a solid player.
I think the Bruins need to mix up the lines, and put Eriksson with Krejci and Iginla with Bergeron. That would create better chemistry, in my eyes.
As far as Seguin goes...yeah, we all knew he had the ability to score like crazy, but that wasn't his fit in Boston. The Bruins were able to go out and get 3 very good prospects and a very good NHL veteran with a very cap friendly contract. Heck, I'll even go ahead and be bold....Smith (along with Krug, and maybe Kelly) has easily been one of the best Bruins players so far this year. He seems to be a jack of all trades type, with some offensive creativity, and ability to win puck battles. I think everyone saw the trade as Seguin for Eriksson, but I think this kid is going to be a solid piece to this team moving forward.
Fraser seems like a solid finisher with 70 goals in 135 games in the AHL the past two years, and it sounds like Morrow has a pretty good ceiling as well.
I personally like the trade. It gave the team a little shake-up (which is generally good in hockey), and could have brought in players who were better fits for the Bruins. Haven't seen Eriksson really shine yet, but I think it will come. I just hope it's not that he was in a small hockey market with a lack of pressure for so long, that the lights in Boston are just a little too bright for him.
Too bad we didn't see that ability v. Chicago.
That's exactly why I said ability...everyone knew it was there. He just didn't seem to step up when it mattered.
In 40 playoff games with the Bruins, he scored a whopping 6 goals. SIX. None of which came in 13 Cup games. 3 of which came in a two game stretch, and 2 more in another two game stretch (which were both big goals, to his credit). In his last 38 playoff games, he scored 3 goals.
The kid obviously has talent, but I don't think he ever really takes it to the next level. Maybe being "the guy" down in Dallas, a less hockey crazy town with way less pressure, will make him thrive. The only time I ever saw him with that next gear was games 1 and 2 against Tampa in 2011, where he was obviously playing with a very high level of emotion.