Vancouver Canucks: Best Free-Agent Fits with the Sedins

Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 15, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) takes a shot on goal during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) takes a shot on goal during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

Loui Eriksson

Essential info: 6-foot-2 / 183 lbs / LW / Shoots left / from Gothenburg, Sweden

Career Stats: 725 GP / 212 G / 292 A / 59 plus-minus / 156 PIM

Last Season: 82 GP / 30 G / 33 A / 13 plus-minus / 12 PIM

Current Cap Hit: $4,250,000

Projected Salary Ask: $5.5-6.5 million

PROS

If the Canucks want to go the “Gentleman Scorer” route, then Loui Eriksson fits perfectly. Eriksson is a six-time 20 goal scorer, including two seasons in which he tallied 30. He’s had excellent line mates in the past but has he ever had playmakers like the Sedins? The possibilities with such a Swedish trio are tantalizing. With the Sedins feeding him pucks and with his release, Eriksson could score upwards of 35 goals — no joke.

Eriksson is the type of intelligent player able to effectively anticipate any Sedinery. An effective powerplay guy, Eriksson could help transform the Canucks’ PP into a functional unit again.

CONS

Two things: Eriksson will be looking to cash in after a fantastic season in Boston last year, which means his salary demands will be high (and unlike the other wingers, there’s no chance of a hometown discount), and he lacks physicality in his game. On a minor note, he’s also a left-hand shot, which we’ve established isn’t ideal.

Signing Eriksson might mean only signing Eriksson and no one else, unless more cap space is made by trading current roster players.

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