Loui Eriksson has only played one game this season. Should the Vancouver Canucks give him a chance to redeem himself?
Make him a frequent healthy scratch.
Head coach Travis Green hasn’t been playing any games with the $36 million man. The 34-year-old Eriksson has only played one game this season, and that was the Oct. 2 season opener against the Edmonton Oilers.
But if you ignore Eriksson’s high salary, you can see his value as a reliable defensive forward and penalty killer. And even if he isn’t closing to playing up to his contract, Eriksson’s numbers as a Canuck are at least decent enough for a bottom six forward.
The bottom six in Vancouver hasn’t been able to produce much offensively. J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Alexander Edler have combined for 18 of this team’s 35 goals thus far.
So should the Canucks decide to give a well-rested Eriksson another look and see if he can help bolster the scoring from the bottom six unit? It may be worth a look.
The Canucks are paying Eriksson big money anyway, so they may as well see how much more value he could add to the roster. Eriksson is among the team’s better defensive forwards — and he could help take some of the workload off of Horvat when it comes to matching up against the opposition’s best players.
This isn’t to say that the Canucks should make Eriksson a roster regular again. But they should give him a few games and see if Eriksson can at least be an upgrade over the likes of Tim Schaller, Tyler Motte and Jay Beagle — both offensively and defensively.
Vancouver simply has nothing to lose by seeing if Eriksson has a little left in his game. So at some point, Green should give Eriksson the chance to redeem himself.