Dallas Stars: Loui Eriksson

Here's the release from the Stars:
EA Sports is giving fans the opportunity to shape the face of the world’s #1 hockey video game franchise – EA Sports NHL, by participating in the first-ever EA Sports NHL Cover Vote Campaign – presented by Blackberry and hosted on NHL.com.

A field of 60 players will be narrowed down to one. The winning player will be unveiled as the EA Sports NHL 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards on June 20 in Las Vegas.

The Dallas Stars will be represented in the cover vote by Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson. The two will square off in round one of the vote, which begins TODAY (March 29th) and runs through April 11th.

Jordie Benn, Stars defenseman and older brother of Jamie, has volunteered to be his campaign manager: “I think all of the fans should vote for Jamie. He deserves it. Plus he offered me some incentives if I helped get him on the cover. I think it’s free dinner or something. Either way, help a brother out. Rather, help my brother out and go vote Jamie Benn for EA Sports NHL 13 cover man.”

Eriksson, representing himself, had some simple and direct words about the cover vote: “Vote for Loui. It’s an easy decision. Vote for me. Jamie takes too many penalties to be the cover man. Thanks for your support.”

Fans are encouraged to log on to NHL.COM/COVERVOTE to vote for Benn or Eriksson, as well as the 58 other NHL players competing in head-to-head battles.

Eriksson, Benn OK with underrated label

January, 8, 2012
Sometimes when you get a reputation it is hard to shake. Stars forward Loui Eriksson seems to have one these days. He’s underrated.

It’s hard to imagine a guy who tied for 15th in scoring last season, was 12th in goal scoring in 2008-09, has played in the NHL All-Star game and has starred for Sweden at the Olympics could be underrated. But then again, watch him in a game like Saturday’s 4-1 win over Edmonton and you can see why he flies under the radar at times.

He quietly went about his business and then when you looked at the stats sheet at the end of the game he had three assists, a plus-three rating, two takeaways and a blocked shot that helped lead to a Mike Ribeiro goal that gave the Stars a 3-1 lead in the game.

“He’s sneaky,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “That’s why he’s on that underrated list.”

In a poll of 179 players by Sports Illustrated, Eriksson was named the most underrated player in the NHL. He received 16 percent of the vote. Last season, Eriksson was voted the most underrated player in a CBC/NHLPA poll.

“I don’t know. I had it last year, too. I’m just flying under the radar. I guess it’s because I’m quiet,” Eriksson said. “It’s nice to have that recognition. I just play my game and try to be good and it’s working for me.”

Eriksson has some Dallas company on this year’s list. Coming second in SI poll with six percent of the vote was Stars forward Jamie Benn, one of the game’s young emerging stars.

“I don’t have much to say about that. We just go out there and play our game,” said Benn. “I know Loui’s been underrated for many years now. He’s a great player and he shows it. For me, I don’t really think much of it.”

Both players are quiet, at least when it comes to the media. And both don’t get the attention they would if they played in a Canadian market or one of the northern U.S. markets. But both have obviously caught the attention of their peers around the league.

Until this season, Stars forward Michael Ryder spent all of his career in the Eastern Conference, which means he’s seen Benn and Eriksson perhaps once a season. This season he’s often played on a line with Benn and Eriksson.

“I knew they were good players, but we didn’t play them, so it’s hard to get a feel,” Ryder said. “But I’ve got to play with them on a line and realize how talented they are and how good they can be. Loui’s a really good two-way player, he’s smart and he never panics on the ice. He always makes the right decisions and is really good at anticipating what is going to happen. He’s a very smart player. Jamie’s fast, a lot of speed, a great shot and he creates a lot of offense when he uses his speed. He’s really strong on the puck.”

Gulutzan said Eriksson is on the list because of his subtle, smart style of play. Benn is there because he is still in the early stages of his career.

“You can see Loui, for sure, but Benny is a young guy who is on that list because he is just turning 22 and he's just emerging,” Gulutzan said. “Loui's got that sneaky, smart way to fly under the radar because he is so cerebral and does everything real well. But I don't think Benny will be on that list for too much longer, because Benny is a little more flamboyant, he can hit and he's a power forward. I don’t think Benny will stay on that list.”

Stars note

The Stars had Sunday off. They’ll practice Monday morning in Frisco and then head to California for games against Anaheim (Tuesday) and Los Angeles (Thursday).

Loui Eriksson quietly produces for Stars

November, 7, 2011
There’s nothing really flashy about Loui Eriksson’s game, but he does have a knack for producing goals and points. The Stars forward has been on a roll lately and his six points over the last two games earned him the NHL’s Second Star of the Week.

“He’s one of those guys who when I watch video, he doesn’t jump off the screen,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “But you keep watching games and you see the subtleties in his game, and his brain.”

You can look at the score sheet and see his production. He has 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) over the last four games and now has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 13 games this season. He currently is tied for seventh in goal scoring in the NHL and is tied for ninth in points.

“He goes to the hard areas to score his goals. He’s not a perimeter guy,” said Gulutzan. “Every time you see Loui score, he’s got his helmet twisted on the wrong way, or he’s fixing something because he’s picking himself up off the ice. He goes to the hard areas, he’s elusive, and he’s got a good hockey mind. He’s a real good player.”

While Gulutzan uses the word elusive to describe Eriksson, teammate Steve Ott throws out a couple of other terms to describe Eriksson’s ability to get to those key areas of the ice.

“You can call him slimy or slippery or whatever you want, but he is always in the right position,” said Ott. “He’s always doing the right play and that’s why he is so valuable out there.”

Over the past three seasons Eriksson has scored 92 goals and chipped in 115 assists for the Stars. The 26-year-old Swede said his formula for goal scoring success is pretty straightforward.

“I am just trying to stay in front of the net all the time and find some open areas,” Eriksson said. “The puck seems to come to me and it’s nice to have that feeling that puck will come to me.”

The last three seasons, the guy getting the puck to Eriksson a lot of the time was Brad Richards. But when Richards signed with the New York Rangers in free agency this past summer, some people wondered if Eriksson would continue to produce at the same rate or if he might take a step back.

“How good was Brad Richards with Loui Eriksson? There’s a big difference if you put it all together,” said Ott. “I truly believe that he made Richie that much better than Richie made Loui that much better because of how much talent Loui has defensively, offensively. He knows to find the great areas around the ice and competes to get to those areas.”

With Richards, a big points producer, moving along the Stars were expecting a lot of players to help fill the void offensively and Eriksson was one of the players they expected to take another step forward in his career.

“You always want to get better. We’ve got off to a pretty good start here, the whole team and our line is getting good, too,” said Eriksson. “We are getting a great amount of chances out there. It’s always good to have that feeling, we’re scoring goals. That’s something I’ve been good at the last couple years, so I want to keep going.”

Eriksson has been playing with center Jamie Benn this season and the two have clicked. Benn also has 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) and is tied for ninth in the league in points.

“He’s a great player,” said Eriksson. “He can do so much out there; he’s a good player with the puck and has such a good shot. It’s always good to play with a player like that.”

Benn and Richards are different types of centers, but Eriksson said he still does what he always does and that is get to the front of the net.

“Brad likes to pass the puck a little bit more and Benner is the shooting type of center. He has a good shot and he has to use that and I have to be ready for the rebounds,” said Eriksson.

But there’s more to Eriksson’s game than just the goals and points. He’s a complete player and excellent defensive player as well.

“I was lucky enough to play with a Jere Lehtinen when he was scoring 30 goals and winning a Selke Trophy and Loui has that making,” said Ott. “He’s that strong defensively. He’s got Selke written all over him.”

Eriksson, despite being a key player for Sweden’s Olympic team and an NHL All-Star, has flown under the radar a bit during his career, but his ability hasn’t gone unnoticed by his peers. Last year, in a poll of NHL players, he was voted the most underrated player in the league. Maybe that’s because there’s nothing flashy about what he does. He just quietly goes about his business and gets the job done.

"He doesn’t Ovechkin you or Crosby you. He’s got a little Jere Lehtinen in him, he’s got scoring touch in him,” said Gulutzan. “He’s a hockey player. He’s not an offensive talent or a defensive specialist, he’s a hockey player.”

Loui Eriksson NHL's Second Star of the Week

November, 7, 2011
Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson is getting some recognition. He'll be named the NHL's Second Star of the Week later this morning.

Eriksson put together back-to-back three point games for the Stars over the weekend. He had two goals and one assist in Friday's 7-6 win over Colorado and then had three primary assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over Carolina. He was a plus-five in the two games as well.

Eriksson has 15 points in 13 games this season and currently is tied for seventh in goal scoring in the NHL with eight and his 15 points are tied for ninth in the league.

Here's the release from the league:
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Nov. 6.


Harding started all three games for Minnesota last week, going 3-0-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average and .968 save percentage to help the Wild (7-3-3) climb to second place in the Northwest Division. Harding stopped 90 of 93 shots, beginning with 36 saves in a 2-1 overtime win at Detroit Nov. 1. He turned aside 24 shots in a 5-1 win against Vancouver Nov. 3 and 30 shots in a 2-1 win over St. Louis Nov. 5. Harding improved his season record to 4-0-1, posting a four-game win streak for the first time since Dec. 14-20, 2007. He leads all NHL goaltenders in save percentage (.965) and ranks second in goals against average (1.18) after missing the entire 2010-11 campaign due to injury.


Eriksson tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in two games last week, helping the Stars (10-3-0) maintain their place atop the Western Conference standings. He tallied three points in each game, beginning with two goals and one assist in a 7-6 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 4. His first goal cut into a 2-0 Avalanche lead in the second period and his second was the overtime winner. Eriksson turned playmaker in his next outing, tallying three assists in a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 6. The 26- year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden leads the Stars in scoring with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 13 games and is tied for third place League-wide in plus-minus (+9).


Backstrom also tallied six points (three goals, three assists) as the Capitals (9-3-0) won two of three starts and retained first place in the Southeast Division. Backstrom began the week by notching the game-tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation and the overtime winner as the Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 on Nov. 1. He tallied one goal and one assist in a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 4 and posted two assists in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders Nov. 5. Washington's first choice and the fourth player selected overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, Backstrom leads the Capitals in scoring with 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 12 games. He shares the League lead in assists with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron and Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin.

Loui Eriksson back in town and skating

August, 30, 2011
FRISCO -- Forward Loui Eriksson is among the latest players to arrive in Frisco and start skating in preparation for training camp, which starts in less than three weeks.

Eriksson, who arrived in town this week, received a high-five from both Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro just before he took the ice on Tuesday. He also chatted briefly with new head coach Glen Gulutzan.

“It’s interesting. It’s going to be fun to get started to see how the new players look and, of course, the new coach,” said Eriksson. “See what system we are going to play. It’s going to be fun.”

Eriksson has spent the last few seasons on a line with Brad Richards, but that will change now with Richards moving on to the New York Rangers via free agency.

“Of course it’s going to be different, but that’s how it is,” Eriksson said. “Of course he is a real good player and I’ve been playing real well with him, but it’s going to be fun to see who I am playing with now. I think the whole team is ready to get started.”

Also starting to skate in Frisco this week are Toby Petersen, Philip Larsen and Brad Lukowich. They were joined on the ice today by Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas, Scott Glennie, Kari Lehtonen and Andrew Raycroft. Jere Lehtinen also skated and deflected the shots on Lehtonen and Raycroft before everyone else hit the ice. Benn and Ribeiro weren’t on the ice when I was there. They were meeting with the coaches.

Here’s some video, which includes some four-on-four play. Team White was Eriksson, Robidas, Petersen and Lukowich. Morrow, Larsen, Glennie and Lehtinen are Team Black.

The 2010-11 NHL Awards were handed out in Las Vegas tonight. Stars forward Loui Eriksson was a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, but that went to Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Eriksson finished third in the voting and received nine first place votes. Brad Richards, who won the Lady Byng in 2004, finished seventh in this year’s voting.

Here are the some of the award winners:

Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP): Corey Perry, Anaheim

Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender): Tim Thomas, Boston

Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit

Selke Trophy (Defensive Forward): Ryan Kesler, Vancouver

Calder Trophy (Top Rookie): Jeff Skinner, Carolina

Jack Adams Award (Top Coach): Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh

Ted Lindsay Award (Top play voted by NHLPA): Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Lady Byng Trophy (Sportsmanship, Gentlemanly Conduct): Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay

Masterton (Dedication, Sportsmanship, Perseverance): Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia
Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson is headed to the gold medal game at the World Championship in Slovakia after Sweden defeated Czech Republic 5-2 today in the semifinals.

Eriksson had no points, five shots on goal and an even rating in 17:01 of playing time. He did have a great opportunity to score, but missed on a penalty shot that would have put the Swedes up 3-1 in the second period.

Erikson has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) and a plus-6 rating in 8 games for Sweden, which will play Finland, a 3-0 winner over Russia, in Sunday's gold medal game. Russia and Czech Republic will play for the bronze.

Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson scored one goal as Sweden beat Germany on Wednesday, 5-2, to advance to the semifinals at the World Championship in Slovakia.

The Swedes will play Czech Republic on Friday for the right to play in Sunday’s gold medal game.

Eriksson, who had three shots and a plus-2 rating Wednesday, scored off a rebound in the second period to give the Swedes a 4-1 lead. Eriksson has three goals, one assist and a plus-6 rating in seven tournament games.

Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell dressed for the first time in the tournament Wednesday, serving as a backup to Ty Conklin in Team USA’s 4-0 loss to Czech Republic.

Jaromir Jagr scored three goals and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 29 shots for the Czechs, who are the defending champions.

The quarterfinals continue Thursday with Finland taking on Norway and Canada playing Russia.

Stars forward Loui Eriksson was in the lineup Friday as Sweden defeated France at the World Championship in Slovakia, 4-0.

Eriksson, whose status for the game was up in the air because of a groin injury suffered Wednesday, logged 19:58 of ice time. He had no points, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating.

Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman missed his second straight game with a knee injury. He is listed as day-to-day and is a possibility to play Sunday against Switzerland.

Stars prospect Jack Campbell was the third goaltender for Team USA, which lost 4-3 in a shootout to Canada on Friday. The U.S. plays France on Saturday.

Loui Eriksson update

May, 6, 2011
Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson, who suffered a groin injury in Sweden’s World Championship game on Wednesday, skated this morning and is questionable for today’s qualification round game against France.

“He thinks it feels good, but he still senses it a bit,” team doctor Peter Strom told Expressen. “It is much better than one would expect … a day of rest can do wonders.”

Eriksson was injured when he got tangled up with Team USA defensemen Mark Stuart and Mike Komisarek in front of the U.S. net in Sweden’s 6-2 victory. Sweden coach Pars Mart said the team will be cautious.

“We’ll see [if he plays today],” Mart told Expressen. “We do not want to take any chances.”

Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman, who missed the last game with a knee injury, did not skate today. He worked out off the ice. He is day-to-day.
Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson suffered a groin injury in Wednesday's game against Team USA at the World Championship and he is not expected to play in Friday's game against France.

Eriksson was injured late in the game when he got tangled up with USA defensemen Mark Stuart and Mike Komisarek in front the of the USA net and took a couple of cross checks. He struggled to get up and then limped off the ice. (Video of the play is here)

Eriksson did not practice today, but was said to be doing better. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Swedish team doctor Peter Strom did not rule out Eriksson possiblybeing able to play Sunday against Switzerland, but said the team would be cautious with the injury.

"We'll play it safe rather than be sorry," Strom told Expressen.

Eriksson is the third member of the Stars to get injured while playing for Sweden at the World Championship. Forward Tom Wandell was knocked out of the tournament with a shoulder injury he suffered in an exhibition game. Defenseman Nicklas Grossman missed Sweden's last game with a knee injury. He is day-to-day.

Loui Eriksson a Lady Byng finalist

April, 21, 2011
Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson is a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, which is given to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

Eriksson was tied for 15th in the league with a career-high 73 points (27 goals, 46 assists) and just 8 penalty minutes in 79 games this season.

“It’s always fun to get something like this,” said Eriksson. “I don’t take a lot of penalties when I am out there. I am just trying to play my game and I am not the guy who usually takes penalties. That’s how I have been playing all my years.”

Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis are the other finalists.

Here's the release from the league:
Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas. The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars

Eriksson is a trophy finalist for the first time in his five-year NHL career. The 25-year-old Gothenburg, Sweden native played a strong two-way game for the Stars, leading the club in power-play goals (10) and game-winning goals (six) and placing second in scoring with a career-high 73 points (27 goals, 46 assists) and in plus-minus with a +10 rating. He posted a nine-game assist streak from Dec. 28 to Jan. 15, tied for the longest in the League this season. Eriksson received just eight minutes in penalties, the fewest among the League’s top 50 scorers and by any player appearing in at least 76 games.

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

Lidstrom is a Lady Byng finalist for the first time in eight years and for the sixth time in his NHL career. He has never won the trophy, finishing second or third in the voting for five consecutive years from 1999 through 2003. Lidstrom enjoyed one of his most productive seasons, ranking second among NHL defensemen in scoring with 62 points (16 goals, 46 assists) in 82 games, highlighted by a career-best 11-game point streak. The Red Wings captain, who turns 41 on Apr. 28, assumed his usual heavy workload yet rarely saw the penalty box, receiving just 20 penalty minutes in a team-leading 1,924:25 of ice time.

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

St. Louis joins Lidstrom as a six-time Lady Byng Trophy finalist, all in the past seven seasons; he captured the award for the first time in 2009-10 after finishing second from 2007 through 2009 and third in 2004. The 35-year-old wing surged late in the season, tallying points in each of his last nine games and in 15 of his final 17 to finish second in League scoring with 99 points (31 goals, 68 assists). He tied a franchise record for assists in a season and posted the second-highest point total in his 12-year NHL career. St. Louis was assessed just 12 minutes in penalties, matching his career low set last year.

Loui Eriksson expected to return tonight

March, 23, 2011
DALLAS - Stars forward Loui Eriksson appears ready to return to the lineup for tonight's game against Anaheim after missing the last two games with concussion-like symptoms.

"Loui is looking pretty good," Stars coach Marc Crawford said after this morning's skate at American Airlines Center. "He skated this morning and all signs are pointing towards the fact that he'll play."

Eriksson went out of the lineup last week after being hit in the head by San Jose defenseman Douglas Murray.

With Eriksson's return the Stars have 13 healthy forwards. It appears that Krys Barch could be the odd-man out tonight.

Defensemen Karlis Skrastins (leg laceration) and Nicklas Grossman (knee) and forwards Adam Burish (leg) and Brian Sutherby (back) are out.

Kari Lehtonen gets the start in goal for the Stars. It will be his 14th straight start.

Quotable: Crawford on Loui Eriksson

March, 16, 2011
Here' s a quote from Stars coach Marc Crawford the status of forward Loui Eriksson, who left Tuesday's game after being hit in the head area by Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray.
“We’re hopeful that Loui is going to be alright. He is not feeling good right now and we’ll see where he is at tomorrow. It’s always the next day that you’ve got to look to."
The Stars were not happy with some of the head shots they took in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The most costly one appeared to be a Doug Murray hit that knocked Stars forward Loui Eriksson from the game.

Here's a quote from Stars forward Steve Ott on the subject following the game.
"Colin Campbell has his hands full that’s for sure. The Loui Eriksson hit, I think that is prototypical. He’s reaching for the hit. The big guy knows what he is doing. He’s bearing down and finishing the check. He did it again on [Tomas] Vincour and elbowed him right in the face. My head is killing me from the light right now from Dany Heatley’s little cheap shot. If this doesn’t get looked at, I don’t know. I guess when you’re used to being on the other end and being suspended like I have in the past, it’s pretty evident where this stuff should go in a hurry. I don’t care if Heatley makes $10 million or if Murray makes this, it’s time to get this out of the game as fast as we can and protect guys. We’ve got guys in there that are going to be icing heads. You only have one brain, so let’s honestly start figuring something out."