The Canucks signed Loui Eriksson last summer, with the hopes he’d help give them a boost in scoring.
It didn’t quite turn out that way — at least not during Eriksson’s first year of a lucrative six-year, $36 million contract with the Canucks.
He scored only 11 times with 24 points in 65 games. The previous season in Boston, he scored 30 goals and 63 points in 82 games, so, yeah, it was a drastic drop in production in one year for the veteran winger, who started the year with a 13-game scoring drought.
“It was a tough start,” said Eriksson, per The Canadian Press. “I had to work uphill through the whole season.”
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That’s a difficult start for any player, but especially for one at the beginning of an expensive new deal in a new market.
“I’m anxious to see Loui. I’m confident that he’ll have a good season. We’ve talked about that … about the transition from Boston to Vancouver,” coach Travis Green said at the start of training camp. “He knows he has to have a better year than he had last year. I think he’s more than capable of it.”
The Canucks were active this summer, too, signing a number of free agents. Again, the hope is the additions they made heading into the new season — Sam Gagner, Thomas Vanek and Michael Del Zotto among them — could help give them a spark offensively, particularly on the power play.
Eriksson’s season ended in early March because of a lower-body injury. Now he’ll look to rebound from a disappointing season at the age of 32.