This is beginning to get serious. Jordan Eberle–gap toothed man child from the flatlands–is finding the upper reaches of the NHL’s scoring charts. Jordan Eberle is an emerging player, in that zone between “damn he’s going to be an NHL player” and “stand back, I don’t know how big this thing is gonna get!”

  • 5×5/60: 3.24–first on the Oilers, 4th in the NHL (behind the net)
  • 7th in NHL total points
  • tied for 9th (with Marian Hossa!) in points-per-game

There is a natural tendency to assume that the two #1 overall picks are the straw that stirs the drink, and certainly their time will come. However, I think it’s worth mentioning that Jordan Eberle–selected in the “Pouliot-Schremp” range of the draft–is an emerging talent. The All-Star game is a glorified popularity contest but the truth is that Jordan Eberle has earned the right to play in that game. Jordan Eberle is one of the best young NHL players.

Full stop.

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