COMMENTARY| It took Loui Eriksson 14 games to match what Tyler Seguin accomplished in one night. So let the great trade debate commence. Or continue debating if you prefer, since there seems to be no end in sight on this one.
Seguin, the second overall pick by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Entry draft, lit the lamp four times on November 14th against the Calgary Flames. Through the first 20 games of the season, the Dallas Stars centerman now has 12 goals on the season and 22 points.
With being credited for a goal on Friday night - in the Bruins 4-2 loss at Ottawa -- Eriksson now has four total goals for the season. Eriksson has added five assists on the season for nine points.
So who comes out on top of seven-player trade?
What if it's a push?
Seguin wanted a bigger role on the Bruins - one that he is now getting in Dallas.
The Bruins wanted more of a team-first guy - one that they now have in Eriksson.
The Bruins netminder, Tuukka Rask, may have said it best with a quote last week.
"You look at the roster we have, we have really good players," Rask said. "But it's not like anybody can play the game by himself and score goals or make points and stuff because it doesn't work for us."
Rask wasn't talking about the trade but rather the makeup of the Bruins team in general. I'm sure Boston wouldn't mind having a player that challenges for a scoring (goal) title every year, but that's not the Bruins way.
And part of the Bruins way is doing the little things that add up in a game. Eriksson's last two goals have come as a resulting of him doing the little things. Neither goal was shot from the winger.
Friday night Eriksson was credited with a goal when a shot fired by Matt Bartkowski was deflected off Eriksson. A night earlier he was credited with a goal that came off the stick of Zdeno Chara. Both goals came as a result of Eriksson helping his teammates by working in front of the goal.
In fact, three of his four goals on the season now has tipped or redirected.
Some may call it being Johnny on the spot, but good things seem to happen when players are active around the net.
Not to say Seguin wouldn't also risk his body for the better of the team, but right now things are starting to click for Eriksson. He has registered a point each of the Bruins last five games (two goals, four assists).
And more importantly the Bruins are 4-1 in those last five contests.
Another stat that some people may overlook in the trade is the plus/minus. Eriksson boasts a plus nine rating on the season and has yet to produce a minus in any of the 14 games he has played in this year.
Seguin has a plus-seven rating in six more games.
And the most important stat will come from the standings. The Bruins are 10-4 in the games Eriksson has skated and currently sit tied for the 2nd spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Stars have six of their last seven but still remain four points out of a wild card slot in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. One of those six wins came at the expense of the Bruins, in Boston.
One player is dominating in the stat sheet, while the other is winning over his teammates and coach. Both teams appear to be headed in the right direction so it's time fans put the trade in the rear-view mirror and enjoy the rest of the ride.
Travis David is a freelance sports reporter and has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times among other newspaper and online publications. He is also a credentialed member on the Boston Bruins media website. Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.
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