"Eriksson still working on transition to Bruins"

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  1. GordonHowe

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    Courtesy CSN's Joe Haggerty

    For a left-handed skater playing on the right wing, it’s an adjustment after playing his natural left wing in Dallas over the last few years. Now he’s forced to get into the right wing mindset permanently and play most pucks sent his way on the backhand – a nuance Eriksson insists is no problem for him.

    The Bruins typically spread things out in their breakouts, and rely on both good, strong, smart passes to players in motion and textbook dump passes into the corner to set up their offense. Perhaps still feeling a little Dallas in his game, Eriksson and Marchand have bumped into each other in some instances and completely switched sides on the wing at other moments.

    http://www.csnne.com/blog/bruins-talk/eriksson-still-working-transition-bruins

    I'm embarrassed to admit I had no idea Loui was a "natural left wing" who shoots left, now playing right wing.

    Suddenly playing right wing while shooting left, and gathering passes on the backhand, is quite an adjustment. Never mind the "overloading" aspect (sic).

    This tempers my enthusiasm for second line potential, though given the B's tight defensive system, I wasn't expecting 30 goals from Eriksson in any event. My hope is that he eventually adapts & can contribute offensively while providing solid defensive play, and I believe he will.

    It's going to take time, however, as Julien suggests.
     
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    That didn't take long. :laugh:
     
  3. ODAAT

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    There hasn`t been one player who was/has been acquired via trade/FA signing who hasn`t required time to familiarize itself with the Bruins system. I don`t care if he`s playing his natural position or not, time is needed to acclimate himself. Way too much panic on these boards over his exceptionally early start to the season.

    I seem to recall the majority here doing nothing but whining/complaining for weeks after Kelly and Pevs were acquired,they turned out ok IMO
     
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    Ive noticed a lot of good things from Eriksson, the dude has played with the stars his whole NHL career, cant expect a seamless transition

    Ive noticed the defense and hockey iq people talked about, he's also more physical than i expected but perhaps he's doing that because of the team he now plays for, the points will come. Im not sure if anyone noticed but its only been two games.
     
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    not here Knight, should already have a half dozen pts....guys a bustaroo of an aquisition:sarcasm:
     
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    thanks for posting
     
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    Far as I'm concerned he's got 80 more games to settle in.
     
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    To be clear: Not a panic post. Merely sending along Haggerty's observation, which is both interesting & valid.
     
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    I thought he's looked pretty good. A little better timing and he could easily have 2-3 points. I don't see any reason for concern...
     
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    The Bruins would be better served by playing him with Krejci and Lucic.
     
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    Thank you for posting that it was from that awful reporter. Almost gave him a "hit".
     
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    I don't appreciate the self-promotion or trashing guys on their way out of town (Thomas, Seguin), but Haggerty is a decent reporter with relatively perceptive things to say.
     
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    I should have made myself clear that I wasn`t accusing you of panicking, but some of the comments in the threads here bordering on ludicrous with the panic. Loui is an exceptionally intelligent player, he`s looking comfortable defensively in the system, now it`s just a matter of time for the chemistry aspect to form with Bergy/Marchand, won`t be long until he senses where they are on the ice at all times
     
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    Thank you. I agree with your assessment. Not that I played much, but I'm a left hand shot and I can certainly understand that playing right wing with that background would be challenging. Said again: I wish Tyler well but I love every aspect of the Seguin deal, for many reasons. Go Loui! :)
     
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    I understand.

    I thought I had read that he'd already played the right side often, but maybe not.

    I do think he'll be fine, given a little time.
     
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    Really? I haven't seen anyone panic in their response. Mostly it's been people pointing out the positives in Loui's game.
     
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    Agreed. I'm definitely a fan. He's looked very good despite no points yet.

    A bit OT but I've been very impressed with Smith too, surprisingly so. If one of Morrow or Fraser works out too, this trade is going to look very nice.
     
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    I like what I see so far.

    Two games in and two wins while a few key new players are adjusting and not at their best.

    Ya I am good with that.
     
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    Go Loui indeed, betcha he has an alarm clock and returns to the hotel earlier than TS does when the boys hit the road:sarcasm:

    I`m also of the school who believes you never had to play this game at all to make intelligent observations/comments on it. It helps in certain scenarios but overall, I cringe when I see the "I played________level so I know what`s going on" kinda arguements.

    I made it as far as Junior B......hardly qualifies me as any kind of expert
     
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    With Sods and Bart still to play...love the depth
     
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    2 games in....
     
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    I think this is true-IMO I think any new player to the system seems to take about 10 to 20 games to adjust.

    I do wonder why they have tried Marchand on the right and Louie on the left-seems like Marchand plays off wing some.
     
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    I think the Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line has too much potential to split up but I wouldn't mind seeing:

    Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
    Eriksson-Kelly-Soderberg

    Spreads the scoring out, lets Eriksson play his natural position, and Smith has more jump in his game which could be better suited for the Bergeron line.
     
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    He steals every thought from other reporters. He rarely has an original thought and when he does, he's wrong. I.E. Soderberg coming to Boston.
     
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    I wonder why they haven't tried Marchand on his off wing. He seems to like shooting from that wing quite a bit, and I think he even scored from the off wing last game.
     

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