Jordan Eberle’s name keeps showing up these days, suspect Edmonton’s current record has us remembering the good times. For those who don’t remember this blog’s view of said player, allow me to quote a passage from a year before he was dealt.
- What does Eberle do well? Score goals. He scores 28 goals per 82 games, that is a dandy total in the modern era. A lot of times guys like Eberle are called complementary players, but he has shown an ability to score when not on a feature line. Now, it is a damned foolish thing to do, but Eberle could score on a line that did not boast the team’s top center. Source
OILERS NUMBERS AFTER 5 GAMES, 2016-17
- Below is what I wrote about these numbers one year ago.
- This is sorted by HD scoring chances (all numbers via NaturalStatTrick) and for me there is some very interesting information here.
- The Lucic—McDavid—Eberle line is flying high above everything, the Oilers are a different team when the line is on the ice.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins does poorly by Corsi for 5×5 percentage, saws off in scoring chances and is strong in high-danger scoring chances. My assumption (note: not a math expert) is that these things will normalize once we reach 20 games (these numbers above are too early to trust) but it is a fascinating look at one player’s first five games.
- Anton Slepyshev may fall out of the lineup tomorrow in Winnipeg but his numbers are excellent. He has played well with Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl, and that line should get another shot.
- Anton Lander was missed, he is 39.13 Corsi, 33.33 Scoring Chances and 5-4 in high-danger scoring chances. As is the case with the Nuge, his HD SC number is out of time with the possession numbers
OILERS NUMBERS AFTER 5 GAMES, 2017-18
- Five games in, the top line is Corsing the opposition’s brains out compared to one year ago. The goals aren’t going in at a rapid enough clip, but McDavid’s line has produced 30 HD scoring chances compared to 21 one year ago. Small sample, significant number.
- Nuge’s HD scoring chances are identical and his possession numbers have corrected.
- Slepyshev’s numbers remain pleasing to the eye.
For three of the first five games this season, Leon Draisaitl replaced Jordan Eberle on the Connor McDavid line (the first few games of 2016-17 featured Lucic and Eberle with No. 97). Kailer Yamamoto has played in a couple as well, his numbers overall look good and visually the youngster seems to be improving with each game. Last night, with the Oilers badly in need of a goal, McDavid sent a lovely pass to the teenager who shot it quickly, the puck either hitting a defender or just missing the net. A little later, KY rang one off the post, narrowly missing his first NHL goal.
The window for Kailer Yamamoto is very small. Leon Draisaitl is close to a return, Anton Slepyshev is finding the range (some great shifts last night) and even Drake Caggiula is getting closer to a return. Jesse Puljujarvi is getting consistent at-bats on the farm.
Yamamoto’s numbers are good, he shoots the puck a lot and he has the 1R role as the team heads out on the road. Will he keep that job through this week? Heaven knows.