Loui Eriksson has been on a tear this season. Through 13 games, he has nine goals, six assists and is amongst the NHL leaders in scoring. We recently caught up with Loui to get his thoughts on the season thus far.
DallasStars.com: You have four goals and three assists in your past three games. What’s been working for you?
Eriksson: “I’ve scored a couple of goals on the power-play, that’s been big. Our line has created a lot of chances out there. We’ve been scoring a lot, so it seems like things are working well right now.”
DallasStars.com: You talked about your line with Richards and Neal – it is arguably the best line in hockey right now. What factors have contributed to that success?
Eriksson: “We played together last year so we know each other pretty well. It seems like things have been clicking really well lately, we’ve been creating a lot of chances and when you do that you get some goals. Richards and Neal have been playing really well – so that helps too.”
DallasStars.com: What differences do you see in this year’s team compared to last year’s team?
Eriksson:“It’s a younger team this year. I think all of our guys were just ready to go. It’s not fun to not make the playoffs like we have the past two years. Everyone wants to do the best that they can, so we can make it back to the playoffs. We have a good group here, we believe in each other and I think we have played pretty well so far this season.”
DallasStars.com: Some people have compared you to Jere Lehtinen in your style of play. Do you agree with that? What is it like to be compared to someone like him?
Eriksson: “I’ve heard it before, Lehtinen was a great player and obviously it’s fun to be compared to someone like that. I’ve been trying to play a little bit like him too – he was always really good in the defensive zone and that’s an area I want to be good in as well. When I get my chances I want to capitalize on them – it seems like things have been working well lately."
DallasStars.com: Finally, your mustache is coming along well. Why did you decide to be a part of “Movember?”
Eriksson: “I did it to be a part of a good cause.”