Jordan Eberle continues to make the 2008 draft a high water mark in Oilers history–all by his lonesome. I’m not sure he’ll score 400 goals or win a Stanley in Edmonton, but he’s tracking as a wildly successful draft pick and a major part of the Boys on the Bus 2.0
RE 13-14: 78, 28-37-65
- Dammit! Why doesn’t he get the love you give Hall and Nuge? This is a helluva season, and the trio RE’s at 86 goals for 2013-14. That’s spectacular, and Eberle is a big part of it. He’s played three NHL seasons now, I think we have him surrounded as a player. I don’t remember the last Oiler line to score 86 goals, but it was a helluva long time ago.
- You rat fink. Why doesn’t Eberle get the point per game push like the other two? Part of the reason is the three RW’s and their playing time shuffle, and part of it is this is about where Eberle’s career (per 82gp) numbers sit. We’re trying to be reasonable. I do pull back on his time with Hall slightly (in favor of Yakupov, something that is likely to erode his time with 4 as seasons roll) and that impacts too.
- Did you give Eberle any push at all? A little, just a little. I do think the Oilers PP is going to rock and roll this winter so everyone on the 1PP gets a little push.
- Is Eberle the best RW on the team? Probably still Hemsky if he’s healthy. Yakupov is hard to peg, he will pass the other two like a house on the side of the road eventually, but when that happens is out in the ether.
- You’re just dying to say ‘but he’s no Hall’ aren’t you? Hall’s a #1 overall, as are Nuge and Yak. Jordan Eberle was chosen 22nd overall in 2008 and hasn’t done one damn thing to disappoint since then. It’s a ridiculous thing to say he’s no Hall. Ridiculous.
- Why are people sensitive about Eberle? Not a freaking clue. Look, here’s the 411 on Eberle: he was projected to go late first round and Stu MacGregor grabbed him a little high (Bob McKenzie had him #29), and from that day forward Eberle has been a delight. The Oilers got a lottery pick at almost the exact spot they had previously gifted us with Marc Pouliot and Rob Schremp. He’s a wonderful hockey player, absolutely wonderful. Comparing him to the #1′s is wildly unfair, and it’s testimate to his impressive debut in the NHL that people even feel compelled to do it. If a Flames fan was doing this, we’d giggle for hours. I would suggest we enjoy this young man’s talents and stop worrying about where he’s slotted in the pecking order. That will take care of itself. I’ll say this much: at this point, Jordan Eberle has outpaced his draft number by so much he is absolutely one of the team’s best bargains all-time.
- What makes him so good? Quick hands, great release, accurate shot, controlled and aware in the offensive zone. He has eyes in the back of his head, his passes have correct pace, his shot still surprises goaltenders three years in. I want to take a moment to talk about his passing–it’s easy to lose sight of it on a team with so many sublime passers–but Eberle is insanely good at letting the puck do the work. It’s an extremely underrated skill, he has it.
- What can’t he do? Play center, push the river like Hall, intimidate physically and cover the contract.
- Is there anything you learned about him this season? I think so, yes. Twice during the season, Eberle experienced slumps, significant slumps. During those times, I ‘saw him good’ in that he both kept working hard and said the right things. Eberle’s a confident guy, he believes in himself and his reaction to the slump was (I thought) measured and reasonable. That’s a very good sign in my opinion, pretty stable personality.
- Is that good? Hell yes! Give me 23 guys with big brains who are cool, calm and collected–and can play like Eberle–and I’ll be a happy fan. I doubt very much we’re going to see a lot of ‘drama moments’ from Jordan Eberle during his career.
- Would he be a good captain? Excellent captain, I’d be thrilled if he got it.
- You favor Hall for the job, though. Sure, but I’m a fan, I have no idea about the team itself and how these guys interact with each other. None. If Eberle gets the “C” I’ll be happy as can be, and it certainly could happen. He’s a gem.
- What could go wrong? The contract, of course. It’s already out there like the freaking Hindenburg.
- Will people turn on him? I’m not certain how it would go if Eberle fell off and scored 38 points per season. I suspect Eberle would still be a guy we all cheer for, but money changes everything.
- Thank you, Cyndi Lauper. It’s true, though. Money does change things. Horcoff being the latest, obvious example.
- Why this song? It’s among my favorite Bowie songs. The riff is irresistible, the music is lush, the lyrics are hopeful, the vocals kind of disconnected (at least at times). I like it for Eberle because of the title (he definitely has vision) and because he’s an original (we don’t get many 22nd overall picks who kicks the living Bejesus out of the rest of their draft year) and because there’s a sense of wonder–both for us and for him. I think Jordan Eberle is having the time of his life, and he’s perfectly suited to the role because he’s so damn normal. I very much doubt this young man will take that new contract and what it brings for granted.
- He’s a helluva hockey player. Damn straight.
EBERLE’S VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER 2012-13
JORDAN EBERLE 10-11
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.82 (4th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 3.94 (3rd among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 3rd toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: 8th best teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: 8.7 (2nd best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 49.3% (8th most difficult among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 51.6% (6th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 158/11.4% (5th among F’s>100 shots)
- Boxcars: 68gp, 18-25-43 (led the team in points as a rookie)
- Plus Minus: -12 on a team that was -52.
JORDAN EBERLE 11-12
- 5×5 points per 60: 3.08 (1st among regular F’s, 2nd in NHL)
- 5×4 points per 60: 4.77 (4th among regular F’s)
- Qual Comp: 5th toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: 3rd best teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: 5.7 (5th best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 60.7 % (2nd easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 54.5% (best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 180/18.9% (1st among F’s>100 shots)
- Boxcars: 78, 34-42-76 (led the team in points for 2nd year in a row)
- Plus Minus: +4 on a team that was -26.
JORDAN EBERLE 12-13
- 5×5 points per 60: 2.31 (2nd among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 3.46 (7th among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 3rd toughest among regular forwards (top line opp)
- Qual Team: best teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: 21.9 (best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 51.1% (5th most difficult among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 50.0% (8th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 133/12.03% (3rd among F’s>70 shots)
- Boxcars: 48, 16-21-37
- Plus Minus: -4 on a team that was -15.
Eberle’s a terrific hockey player, who could score his 100th career goal this coming season. Can you name the last Edmonton Oiler draft pick to score 100 or more goals in the NHL during his first four seasons?