Ericsson blows donkey. He flat out fricking sucks. He's always giving the puck away. He's huge but never takes advantage of it. He just all around sucks.
Interesting. I've taken the liberty of examining the D's stats to verify this give-away problem.http://www.nhl.com/i...rtssPlayerStats
Rafalski: 44 GvA & 5 TkA in 41 Gp (more than 1 turn-over per game)
Kronwall: 34 GvA & 15 TkA in 53 Gp (less than 1 GvA every 2 games)
Stuart: 31 GvA & 5 TkA in 41 Gp (about 3 GvA every 4 games)
Salei: 26 GvA & 13 TkA in 52 Gp (1 GvA every 2 games)
Ericsson: 25 GvA & 8 TkA in 45 Gp (about 1 GvA every 2 games)
Lidstrom: 20 GvA & 25 TkA in 53 Gp (about 2 GvA every 5 games)
Even if we adjust for the fact that E plays about 2 mins less per game than the guys above him the GvA stats aren't damning.
What about hitting?http://www.nhl.com/i...rtssPlayerStats
If you divide the number of hits by the number of games played they look like this:
Stuart: 2.32 Hits/Game
Salei: 1.48 Hits/Game
Ericsson: 1.47 Hits/Game
Kronwall: 1.42 Hits/Game
Rafalski: 0.98 Hits/Game
Kindl: 0.72 Hits/Game
Lidstrom: 0.55 Hits/Game
So Ericsson's virtually tied with Salei for 2nd in hitting amoung the defense.
He's 2nd on the defense in +/- with 8.
Ericsson's Time on Ice:
Even Strength: 16:50 Min/G (tied with Stuart for 2nd amoung the D)
Short Handed: 1:05 Min/G (5th amoung the D)
Power Play: 0:10 Min/G (6th amoung the D)
He's 4th on the defense in pts with 14 in 45 games and is on pace for 5G 18A 23Pts in 74 games (assuming he plays all of the remaining games this season). Over a full 82 game season he'd pro-rate to 26pts which is respectable for a 3rd pairing defenseman who gets 10 seconds of PP time a night
The most interesting thing I see in those stats is that Kindl is averaging 0:54 of PP time per game but has 0 pp points this season and only 1pt (a goal) in his 25 games this season. In only 0:10 of PP time a game, E's at least got a pp goal to show for it.
Exactly. He's mostly looked poised and made the simple plays out there. He's getting bolder pinching in, which overall is a good thing, but there's gonna be some bad decisions as he develops. All in all I've been extremely happy with his play this season, considering after last it looked like he may not be good enough to play in the NHL.
I mainly just wish he'd be more physical out there. I watch a fair amount of Kings games and I wish we had a bottom pairing guy like Matt Greene. He punishes guys along the boards constantly, shoving them into it over and over, but rarely takes a penalty. Ericsson definitely has the size to add that his game. He's gotten better and pins guys, but doesn't crunch them very much.
Agreed. I think he'll get bolder when it comes to hitting guys along the boards as he gets more comfortable out there. As time's passed he's gotten more physical around the net and on the boards (in terms of pinning guys) so hopefully he'll develop that part of his game too.