We know the value of a junior player’s offense at ages 17 and 18, but by the time he’s 19-years old said prospect is either in the NHL or should be tearing the cover off the ball. In order for a player to really impress at the junior level–to put himself in contention to skip the AHL at age 20–how much offense would be required?
I think Jordan Eberle may be approaching a level where we can begin to talk about him skipping Triple A and making the big club.
Why? There’s just so much offense. I understand a lot of it is on the powerplay and he’s playing extended minutes but this has all the makings of a “season for the ages.” Plus, he’s not exactly playing for the London Knights at this time.
Here’s a list of some very impressive 19-year old seasons in the WHL over the years:
- Jordan Eberle (09-10) 19gp, 18-22-40 2.11
- Brett Sonne (08-09) 62gp, 48-52-100 1.61
- Joffrey Lupul (02-03) 50gp, 41-37-78 1.56
- Eric Fehr (04-05) 71gp, 59-52-111 1.56
- Pavel Brendl (00-01) 49gp, 40-35-75 1.53
- Martin Hanzal (06-07) 60gp, 26-59-85 1.42
- Dustin Boyd (05-06) 64gp, 48-42-90 1.41
- Tyler Ennis (08-09) 61gp, 43-42-85 1.39
As with all 3 Canadian junior leagues, most of the elite level talent is long gone by age 19. No matter how well he does this season Eberle isn’t likely to approach the WHL’s all-time records. Ray Ferraro’s 108 goals are safe and the fastest 50 goals (Bill Derlago, 27 games for Brandon in 77-78) is a distant bell. Rob Brown’s 212 points in a single season is also crazy talk.