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52 minutes ago, Me_ said:

Perhaps a small price to pay for the sake of the current chemistry.

true... but he'd be an upgrade on Schaller if he was healthy so we don't have to disrupt the top 3 lines. I don't think it would be cheap to move him, probably costs us a 2nd or a good prospect. I have to wonder if Sutter will even be back this year tho. 

 

Loui's had a nice 5 games, 4 pts, 14-16 minutes, some nice d... dunno, if we actually get this for 40 more games its as good as a trade. 

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Since we are likely stuck with Loui for probably another 2.5 seasons we should be happy that he might be turning it around. 

Last year when Pettersson scored 10 goals in 10 games he had Eriksson on his line. Also one game where Eriksson was with Horvat and Pearson he had 4 assists. 

While he obviously isn't an offensive driver perhaps his defensive ability opens up his linemates a little more. 

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13 hours ago, Timråfan said:

Talk to James about the comparision but I presume you're to chicken for that. B)

Your like that guy that starts a fight and then runs away.

As I said before, you were much better when you tried to be smart/funny. 

Are you butthurt because I use the word try? 

 

Loui let Horvat have fun. So you should be glad for Horvat instead. 

Sounds like you're the one who is "butthurt" :rolleyes:

 

You posted it all humble brag style and I'm just pointing out that the comparison is flawed, much like your logic or your false accusations of my lack of intelligence and humor.

 

AND you misused "you're", "too", and "your" - just so you know!

 

To each, their own! Get Loui on the bus to Utica ASAP!

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41 minutes ago, BrockBoester said:

Sounds like you're the one who is "butthurt" :rolleyes:

 

You posted it all humble brag style and I'm just pointing out that the comparison is flawed, much like your logic or your false accusations of my lack of intelligence and humor.

 

AND you misused "you're", "too", and "your" - just so you know!

 

To each, their own! Get Loui on the bus to Utica ASAP!

Well, if you want to talk about a comparision you should talk to the source. Pretty ridiculus to point that out to me. Hence the chicken thing because I don't see you quoting someone of the solid posters. 

But if you change that and really quote everyone posting something good about Loui I can change my mind about you. I don't think you will though. 

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We're on a winning streak since Louie has been in the lineup and some people are still bitching.  Get over it.  He digs pucks out of the corners and gets it back to the point, he blocks shots, he stands in front of the net, screens, tips and takes punishment, he makes nice passes that haven't been getting converted and has chenistry with his linemates. He may not be scoring lots of goals but he's stopping lots of them.  That line is playing great and you guys are bitching.

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20 hours ago, Jimmy McGill said:

Funny, Eriksson sure has looked like one with Bo and Pearson. He' playing some of his best hockey since he's been here. If he can help give Bo and Pearson more chances, particularly 5 on 5 while also being the best defensive winger on that line Jim doesn't have to go out and burn picks and prospects on a rental for this year. If Loui can maintain this level of current play its a big deal for us. 

 

I was hoping there would be an extended look with Bo and Loui for a couple of seasons now, I'm happy its working out because I thought at the start of this year Loui had nothing left, but thats clearly not the case.

 

 

I believe you've nailed it Mr McGill.. 

 

the boys ain't making a deep run this year.. there's some talent coming up that might work out - Pod & Hog - and who knows what happens with Ferland.. so there's no point throwing away assets to try and plug the hole when a freshly re-engaged LE will do for now. 

 

naturally there's a chance he drops off again, but there's also a chance he gets some mojo back and puts up points.. 

 

if Leivo or Ferland are healthy, is Loui in the lineup? hard to say, but they ain't and he is.. and so far, he's playing like he wants to be there.. 

 

I'm not going to call him a legit top 6 winger, I think we need to aim higher than that.. but at this rate, he'll do for this season

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21 hours ago, Me_ said:

Sutter should get traded.

with the line up working as it is right now, Sutter should be cycling thru the press box and 4th line.. 

 

it might cost to move him, and the way things go, someone will get injured soon enough anyways

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36 minutes ago, Glug Datt said:

I believe you've nailed it Mr McGill.. 

 

the boys ain't making a deep run this year.. there's some talent coming up that might work out - Pod & Hog - and who knows what happens with Ferland.. so there's no point throwing away assets to try and plug the hole when a freshly re-engaged LE will do for now. 

 

naturally there's a chance he drops off again, but there's also a chance he gets some mojo back and puts up points.. 

 

if Leivo or Ferland are healthy, is Loui in the lineup? hard to say, but they ain't and he is.. and so far, he's playing like he wants to be there.. 

 

I'm not going to call him a legit top 6 winger, I think we need to aim higher than that.. but at this rate, he'll do for this season

I'd call it "situational top 6 ability" for now.

 

He was a very good one for a long time. But he's not being useful by being his old garbage collector role, he's doing it by smart passing plays and good positioning. His smart positional play allows him to overcome his declining speed. So who knows, maybe this lasts all year, maybe it lasts a week, maybe it dies on the road trip. But for now its good and I suspect it might be sustainable because the fit on that line isn't based on his old scoring touch, more his ability to just know how to play a decent game. 

 

 

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LE is never a "bad" player.  He's just overpaid for what his current abilities are.  Plus he's also at an age where he isn't part of the Canucks future, thus his position in the lineup is usually vacated for players that are trying to establish themselves or to develop.    

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Loui Erikkson would not be playing if there were no injuries.  A lot of emotions trumping reality. 

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14 minutes ago, aqua59 said:

Loui Erikkson would not be playing if there were no injuries.  A lot of emotions trumping reality. 

:lol: what?

 

can't you give a player credit for a decent stretch of games? I think maybe its someone else who can't get over their opinions and see whats gone on. 

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We should still get rid of Eriksson at almost all costs, but he has at least managed to be average in this short span of games. 

I can't remember seeing him battle in front of the net for a couple seasons and there have been a few times lately that he has been there and even screened on goals that he didn't count on the scoresheet for.

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2 minutes ago, Provost said:

We should still get rid of Eriksson at almost all costs, but he has at least managed to be average in this short span of games. 

I can't remember seeing him battle in front of the net for a couple seasons and there have been a few times lately that he has been there and even screened on goals that he didn't count on the scoresheet for.

Not unlike Goldy and Baer, Ericksson has to be moved by the TDL. He gets a number of games with Bo looking not bad and maybe there is a deal to be made. Lot of CAP tied up in those 3. In an ideal world LE is moved and Virtanen takes his spot. MacEwan can get TOI at that point. 

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14 minutes ago, Boudrias said:

Not unlike Goldy and Baer, Ericksson has to be moved by the TDL. He gets a number of games with Bo looking not bad and maybe there is a deal to be made. Lot of CAP tied up in those 3. In an ideal world LE is moved and Virtanen takes his spot. MacEwan can get TOI at that point. 

Such an easy thing to say, yet almost impossible to do.  Or...say bye to some draft picks or prospects.

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Lou love coming up

 

It seems with Sutter out and Bo taking the hard matchups Lou has played a huge role. 

 

I've been noticing he's been doing a good job defensively and I think helping Bo out big time. Then on the offensive end he looks to be getting his awareness back. I like that in this call up he's been putting up points but not in an inflating way, like 3 points in a game 

 

He also has a plus rating during his time with horvat, Horvat is also putting up pluses in this time. I don't think this is a coincidence as the line has been looking great a d generating more 5v5 goals, something Bo has been lacking a couple weeks ago

 

Anyways, keep Eriksson in the lineup and let him continue to build confidence and chemistry with Bo and Pearson

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1 hour ago, higgyfan said:

Such an easy thing to say, yet almost impossible to do.  Or...say bye to some draft picks or prospects.

True enough. 

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2 hours ago, higgyfan said:

Such an easy thing to say, yet almost impossible to do.  Or...say bye to some draft picks or prospects.

NHL 20 I had to package him with a 1st to even get an offer and it was a 4th and a 5th from LA

 

Ended up doing Eriksson Lind 1st for Duclair Ennis

 

Even cpus don't want him

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Loui Eriksson could be the winger Bo Horvat has been waiting for all this time

 
Daniel Wagner  / Vancouver Courier

JANUARY 9, 2020 10:20 AM

Pass it to Bulis

Loui Eriksson warming up for the Vancouver Canucks.
Photograph By DAN TOULGOET / VANCOUVER COURIER
 
Pass it to Bulis

The Paper Feature is a weekly column and sidebars that appears in the print edition of the Vancouver Courier newspaper. Track it down!


Bo Horvat was supposed to have better and more consistent wingers this season. The Canucks added J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland in the summer with the intention of providing their top-two centres, Horvat and Elias Pettersson, with some solid wingers.

 
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That’s worked out well for Pettersson, who has found chemistry with Miller and Brock Boeser to form what fans call The Lotto Line. Pettersson leads the Canucks in scoring with 44 points through 42 games, while Miller is right behind him with 40 points, on-pace to obliterate his career high of 56 points.

Horvat hasn’t quite seen the same benefit. 12 different forwards have played at least 20 minutes with Horvat at 5-on-5 this season, echoing the inconsistency of his linemates last season. Horvat talked about the importance of consistent linemates back in September, before the season began.

“It'd be great, I'm not gonna lie,” he said. “Last year with injuries and stuff, playing with pretty much everybody and every combination you can think of, it's tough to get chemistry.”

Horvat has had one fairly consistent linemate this season: Tanner Pearson, who sits fifth in Canucks scoring behind Horvat. On the other wing, however, he’s seen a wide variety of players, none of whom have stuck long-term.

That’s partly because of injuries. Antoine Roussel missed the first two months of the season recovering from knee surgery, Micheal Ferland suffered a concussion a month into the season, and Josh Leivo fractured his knee cap a few weeks ago.

Beyond those injury issues, it’s been hard to find the right fit for Horvat, which has led to some struggles at 5-on-5 this season for the Canucks captain. While he’s still put up points on the power play, Horvat has just four goals at 5-on-5.

Two of those goals, however, have come since one particular winger has joined his line. The duo of Horvat and Pearson have been at their best with one particular linemate: the much-maligned Loui Eriksson.

The Canucks’ highest-paid forward has never lived up to his hefty contract and has spent much of this season in the press box as a healthy scratch. When he has played, he’s primarily been in a fourth-line role and has been invisible on the scoresheet.

In this last stretch of games on the second-line with Horvat, however, Eriksson has looked comfortable and been productive. He has four points in his last six games, a solid hot streak by his standards, and the impact he’s had on Horvat and Pearson is noticeable.

On Saturday’s tight-checking game against the New York Rangers, for instance, the Horvat line provided both Canucks goals and Loui Eriksson played a key role. On the first, he set up in front of the net and tipped Horvat’s centring pass back between his legs, creating the rebound; on the second, he set a perfect screen in front of goaltender Alexandar Gieorgiev.

Eriksson’s simplified go-to-the-net strategy in the offensive zone seems to be exactly what Horvat needs, but more importantly, Eriksson is solid defensively. With Adam Gaudette centring a more offensive-minded third line, Horvat has had to take on the match-up role against opposing top lines, which has been a tough ask for some of the wingers on his line. Eriksson, however, is up for that particular task.

Looking at the underlying numbers of the Horvat line via analytics site Natural Stat Trick, the difference with and without Eriksson is stark. The Canucks control 54.22% of the shot attempts (corsi) with Eriksson, compared to 50.53% without him, but scoring chances are even more tilted: 55.29% with Eriksson; 45.73% without Eriksson.

 

5-on-5 via NaturalStatTrick.com Corsi-For-% Scoring-Chance-For-% Goals-For-%
Horvat and Pearson
with Eriksson
54.22 55.29 66.67
Horvat and Pearson
without Eriksson
50.53 45.73 42.86


In other words, the Canucks significantly out-chance their opposition with Horvat, Pearson, and Eriksson on the ice at 5-on-5; they get significantly out-chanced when Horvat and Pearson are on the ice with other wingers.

Since Eriksson joined Horvat's line, Horvat has nine points in seven games, none of them on the power play. Pearson has nine points too. 

While Eriksson is unlikely to play up to his high-priced contract, perhaps he can at least help Horvat live up to his.


Stick-taps and Glove-drops

A tap of the stick to Chris Gear, who the Canucks promoted to Assistant General Manager this week. Gear has been a key player in hockey operations for the Canucks for four years, handling legal issues, contract negotiations, and business operations.

A stick-tap to Team Canada, who came through with the gold medal at the 2020 World Junior Championship. They shook off the worst loss in Canadian World Junior history — a 6-0 thumping by Russia in the preliminary round — to defeat Russia 4-3 in a thrilling gold medal game.

Big Numbers

14 - The Canucks have one of the best records at home in the NHL, with 14 wins, 5 losses, and 3 overtime losses. That’s good for the fourth-best home record in the league this season.

11 - Canucks prospect Nils Höglander was one of the best players at the 2020 World Junior Championships, finishing third in scoring with 11 points in 6 games.

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Seeing Loui becoming a productive member of the second line must be huge weight lifted off of Benning.

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