(ESPN.com) – After he signed a six-year deal worth $36 million with the Canucks, veteran forward Loui Eriksson was expected to have an immediate impact while playing on the same line with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. The Swedish trio played together during the World Cup of Hockey and their evident chemistry was a good sign of things to come for the Canucks. It hasn’t continued into the NHL season. Canucks coach Willie Desjardins has moved Eriksson off the top line, and after a 3-0 loss Wednesday to the Canadiens, Eriksson remains without a goal and has only four assists in his first 10 games for the Canucks.
Loui Eriksson has as many goals and thrown as many punches as Jimmy Hayes has this season. That’s a statistical similarity that I figured would last about 8 minutes into the first game, tops. Especially when you consider Loui has been riding shotgun with the Sedin brothers out in beautiful Vancouver.
I was an unapologetic card carrying member of the Loui Eriksson Fan Club, New England chapter, during his time with the Bruins. I was the president of that club if we’re being honest. And I’m still waiting to see hands like his in tight around the net from some one on the Black n’ Gold. He was a dynamite piece to a power play that isn’t exactly producing right now. But despite my man crush I am glad the B’s didn’t cave and hand him that juicy 6×6 golden parachute he ended up getting in free agency from the Canucks.
I’m not sure what’s going on with Loui, maybe it’s just adjusting to new linemates and play in the Western Conference. This funk will pass for the smooth Swede. He’s too good of a player not to figure it out. And he’s definitely not Jimmy Hayes. I mean, just look at him. Blue Steel, indeed.