The Vancouver Canucks secured the services of unrestricted free agent left wing Loui Eriksson on Canada Day.
Eriksson was believed to be asking for a five- or six-year contract worth around $6 million per season going into free agency.
Eriksson, who turns 31 on July 17, has spent the last three seasons with the Boston Bruins.
He has scored more than 20 goals in every 82-game season since 2008. He’s coming off a 30-goal season.
Eriksson signed for 6-years for 6-million per season with the Canucks.
According to TSN.ca, Eriksson:
“Owns tremendous offensive instincts and a goal-scorer’s touch with an accurate shot. Is also good as a playmaker, thanks to excellent stickhandling ability. He’s also great defensively.”
Knocks against Eriksson, according to the TSN website:
“Could stand to add more bulk to his 6-2 frame in order to become a truly elite winger. Plays a somewhat passive game in all three zones, so he needs to keep the fire burning at all times.”
but is an excellent two-way winger.
According to the Canucks website:
“Loui Eriksson has been like the Alex Burrows of the Swedish National men’s Ice Hockey Team since winning World Championship gold with the Sedin twins back in 2013.
There’s a level of familiarity there. Eriksson will turn 31 before next season, but still has the speed and overall checking game to qualify as a high-end defensive winger. He’s also a credible second-line point producer and could conceivably hit 30 goals if given a regular shift with Vancouver’s top line.”
Eriksson was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round (33rd overall) in 2003.
Sources: TSN.ca, canucks.nhl.com