Re: Seguin for Loui Eriksson?
posted at 7/4/2013 6:16 PM EDT
Yeah, JM, I don't know where you're getting that Eriksson is a 3rd liner or that he's just "another defensive forward". He's topped 27 goals three times in four seasons as a top 6 forward. He's not Jere Lehtonen, but I remember the comparisons based on his all-around game.
I didn't want them to trade Seguin. I love watching young players learn to be great players, and we've been spoiled - Bergeron and Lucic making the jump right out of Jr., Krejci replacing Savard and really being one of the catalysts of the rise of this generation of Bruins, Marchand flipping the switch. Hamilton will keep getting better and better, and it will be fun to see if Krug can really parlay his playoffs into long-term success. But Seguin had the potential to be that rare, rare thing: a Bruin draft pick who could win an Art Ross. Still a g-d unicorn, I guess.
That said...Eriksson is a better all-around player for the Bruins than Tyler Seguin. Tyler Seguin is a better all-around player for the Dallas Stars than Loui Eriksson (they have nobody at C). I only really care about that first part - if Seguin goes monkey feces in Dallas and wins a scoring title on a team that goes out in the first round to the Kings, I honestly don't give a rat's just as I don't give a rat's that Kessel has scored 30 or more goals every year with the Laffs. Whether he would ever have that impact in Boston will be fairy dust and conjecture, so...if Eriksson is a 30 goal, 35 assist winger on the top two lines in Boston, I will move on from Seguin quickly.
Too many thoughts on this, so just to close out the Kessel deal backlash that's inevitable: In 08-09, Phil Kessel had 36goals, 24 assists, for 60 points with the Bruins. That same year, Eriksson had 36 goals and 27 assists for 63 points in Dallas. Eriksson's two years older and a better two-way player. I suspect that in 08-09, you wouldn't have gotten Eriksson for Kessel straight up, let alone Eriksson, the fourth best prospect in the entire league, a first round D prosect in Morrow, a second rounder (Knight) and two solid depth prospects with either size or speed. Well, I guess it's really Kessel, Wheeler and Stuart and an ECHL defenseman, but still.
Oh. And a Cup.
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