Loui Eriksson was not on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate, and will miss the game against the Florida Panthers with a “minor issue” according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. Julien also assured that the Swedish winger will be back to play on Thursday once the NHL trade deadline has passed tomorrow at 3 p.m., and that means Jordan Caron takes Eriksson’s spot on the third line right wing. “[Eriksson] is in the back room. He’s got a minor issue that will keep him out, but he’ll be back on Thursday,” said Claude Julien. “He wasn’t able to show what type of player he at the beginning of the year because of the concussions and stuff, but he’s started to showcase the type of player we knew we were getting. He’s making some smart plays.” The first assumption for many is that Eriksson is being held out because of an impending trade, but a potential Tuesday night showcase against Florida for 22-year-old Jordan Caron in a future trade makes much more sense. Putting Caron in the lineup with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly gives the former first round pick his best chance to succeed, and show NHL scouts there’s something there with a fresh NHL start and more consistent playing time. That’s why showcasing a player like Caron would include putting him on the third line rather than scratching Shawn Thornton, and tossing him on the fourth line for 6-7 minutes of ice time. Brad Marchand will take Eriksson’s spot on the second power play unit, and Caron will man Eriksson’s place on the B’s penalty kill while showing off the reliable, strong board play that’s part of his game. Caron has one goal and a minus-6 rating in 26 games this season, but hasn’t played in exactly three games since the calendar turned over to the year 2014.
Eriksson out vs. Panthers, Caron back in
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