"That's how I began my profession, playing on the fourth line and the 3rd line," he stated. "I discovered a lot from that when I started in Dallas playing that function.
"I have been in the league for a long period of time. I have played various styles of video games. With that role you do not actually require to believe that much. You simply go out, try to skate and be excellent on the forecheck."
Eriksson might not be a fan favourite, but he has the regard of his colleagues.
"He's a clever player," Schaller said. "He's been around long enough to understand what role he is playing night in and night out. He's scored a lot of objectives. Now he's playing a bit various role."
Captain Bo Horvat explains Eriksson as "quiet and really humble" however "a terrific pro."
"He can be found in and works every day," Horvat stated. "He does not come down on himself or on other colleagues or pouts. No matter what line he's on, or what functions he in, he seems to wish to improve."
Head coach Travis Green has actually been pleased with Eriksson's effort.
'He's buying in'
"He's skating, he's buying in, striving on that line," Green stated. "If you want to play with Beagle and Schaller, you have to move your feet. He's clever enough to check out the play also."
Eriksson was picked 33rd overall by the Stars in the 2003 draft. He played in Sweden for two years before investing the 2005-06 season in the American Hockey League.
In his NHL launching Eriksson scored an objective in a 3-2 win over Colorado. He played 59 video games for Dallas in 2006-07, scoring 6 goals and 13 points.
Starting in 2009-10, Eriksson had three straight seasons of 71 or more points. He was traded to Boston in July 2013 as part of a seven-player deal that sent Tyler Seguin to destiny.
The Canucks are enjoying a strong start to the season. Regardless of playing a minor function, Eriksson still takes pleasure in the video game.
"I like to play hockey," he said. "I have been doing that my entire life.
"It's constantly enjoyable, especially when you are winning games."
"It's always nice to get points," Eriksson said. "I just need to keep operating at it and ideally something will come."
Eriksson was signed as a free agent in July 2016 after scoring 30 objectives and including 33 assists the previous season with the Boston Bruins. The only other time in his career where Eriksson scored 30 or more objectives was in 2008-2009 with Dallas, when he had 36 objectives and 63 points.
There were high hopes Eriksson would bring goal production to Vancouver. However in 202 video games in a Canucks uniform Eriksson has actually contributed 32 goals and 44 helps. His finest season was last year when he had 11 objectives and 18 assists in 81 games.
There was speculation Benning would attempt to deal Eriksson over the summertime, but he remains a Canuck.
"I attempt to shut that out," Eriksson stated. "I don't really listen to what goes on behind the scene. I understand it's part of the game."
After appearing opening night, Eriksson sat up until the Oct. 28 game against Florida. An injury to Tyler Motte indicated he drew onto the fourth line.
"Of course, it's not fun to sit there and watch the games," he said. "The team has actually been playing really well. It's tough to change the lineup when the group is doing so excellent.
"All I can do is attempt to be fit and work hard in practice. There are a couple of things that require to improve. I get the possibility to play once again."
There was some rust to get rid of.
"The legs were a little bit worn out in the start," he stated. "After that it's been feeling much better and better."
Eriksson's ego hasn't appeared to be dented over being demoted to a checking line with Schaller and Jay Beagle.