July 17, 1985 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)|
|NHL Draft||33rd overall, 2003
Eriksson started playing for Lerums BK at a young age and excelled beyond others his age quickly. By age 11, he was already playing with the older U-16 team. His talent was recognized at various tournaments and he finally landed on the junior team for Frölunda HC.
Eriksson's professional career began in Elitserien, where he played for Frölunda HC. Eriksson won Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 at the age of 18 after posting eight goals and five assists in 46 games. A year later Eriksson would post five goals and nine assists in 39 games, helping Frölunda HC win the Swedish ice hockey championship (SM-guld).
In the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Stars drafted Eriksson in the second round with the 33rd overall pick. After playing in his second season with Frölunda of Elitserien, Eriksson returned to North America and appeared in two preseason games for Dallas in 2005. His professional debut in North America came on October 6, 2005, with the Iowa Stars, a game where Eriksson posted his first assist and point of the season.
Eriksson's first NHL goal came in his debut, October 4, 2006, against the Colorado Avalanche. He had a breakout season in 2008–09 where he led the Stars with 36 goals, placing him 5th in the West and 12th overall in goal-scoring. Also during his break-out season Eriksson was one of only three Dallas Stars to play in all 82 games. Prior to the following season on October 2, 2009, he was recognized as a significant offensive force of the Stars attack by re-signing to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million.
Eriksson participated in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2011. He had a goal and two assists as well as the eventual game-winning empty-net goal to lead all players with four points (matched only by Shea Weber with four assists).
On July 4th, 2013 a trade took place between the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins sending Eriksson to Boston and Tyler Seguin to Dallas in a 7 player deal. Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Ryan Button. In exchange, the Bruins acquired Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
Regular season and playoffs
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Junior int'l totals||18||8||6||14||14|
|Senior int'l totals||40||19||19||38||4|
- Won SHL Rookie of the Year in 2003–04
- Won SHL league championship in 2005
- RBK AHL Rookie of the Month for March 2006
- Voted the Iowa Stars' Rookie of the Year for the 2005–06 season
- 2011 NHL All-Star
- "Stars sign Eriksson to 6 year extension". Dallas Stars. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- "Tyler Seguin traded from Boston Bruins to Dallas Stars". Boston.com. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04.