Jordan Eberle is between a rock and a hard place as an NHL player. He is considered found gold by fans, taken in the bottom half of round one just six years ago and now a scoring RW four years into his career. On the other hand, he’s a $6 million dollar cap hit, and that’s a lot of loot.
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.
JORDAN EBERLE 13-14
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.94 (3rd among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 4.58 (3rd among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 5th toughest among regular forwards (2nd line opp)
- Qual Team: 2nd best teammates among regular forwards (top linemates)
- Corsi Rel: 7.3 (2nd best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 55.0% (5th easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 47.4% (4th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 200/14% (1st among F’s>100 shots)
- Boxcars: 80, 28-37-65
- Plus Minus: -11 on a team that was -51
RE 13-14: 78, 28-37-65 (.833)
ACTUAL: 80, 28-37-65 (.813)
- Your RE is acceptable. Yeah, I think we can count this one as a direct hit.
- Blind squirrel. I think it speaks to consistency. Eberle is a guy you can count on, if you put him in the same spot in the batting order.
- Is that kind of production worth $6M? Very astute question. I don’t know.
- That’s why the call you the Library: The Answer Man, lades and gents! It’s a tough thing to measure. Eberle ranks 30th in league scoring, between Jason Spezza ($7M) and Gabriel Landeskog ($5.571M) so it seems in the range. However, Bryan Little is also in the range at $4.7M. So, let’s call it and say he is covering the bet at $6M but no more.
- Do you like him? Oh yes, always been an Eberle fan.
- No, you’re a MacGregor fan and Eberle helps the defense. You’re a prick this spring, this should be fun. Yeah, sure, maybe that’s a little true but I liked Eberle from the beginning. I undervalued him—and that’s not even true, I valued him based on his draft pedigree—until he blew expectations out of the water.
- Is Eberle the best RW on the team? Now that Hemsky’s gone, I’d say it is between Perron and Eberle. It probably doesn’t matter, Yakupov could pass them like a house on the side of the road soon.
- Hemsky! Good GOD man, give it up! He’s useless. Yeah, 20GP, 4-13-17 in Ottawa, and his 43 points are more than he’s had since MacT left the building.
- Back to Eberle. Will he be traded? I don’t think so. There’s clearly some interest by the Flyers based on what we can glean from the leaks. The Oilers are back to their old ways, where, no one told me directly, but, you know, blah blah blah. They can’t help themselves. Men the world over accuse women of being gossips, but the men in charge of the Oilers can’t hold back the water.
- What would EDM give Philly? Well, if it’s a big trade, the Oilers could table an offer that included the 2014 1st rounder, Jordan Eberle and someone like Martin Marincin. The Flyers could throw Eberle on a skill line, run Marincin-Ekblad for 15 years and look like a Stanley winner save for their goalie, Charlie Glob.
- Did we draft Glob? No, free agent from Germany. Snider sees him playing outdoor hockey from the window of his room in the Bayerischer Hof.
- Uh-huh. What might EDM get from Philly? Again, assuming it’s a big trade and three major assets need to come back, it might be Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn. Or maybe it’s Voracek or someone else. Either way, there’s a lot of matching assets/significant needs and they could meet in an airport hotel and ponder each others rosters for two weeks. If there’s a significant desire on Edmonton’s end, I doubt it’s difficult to get the Flyers interested in shooting half their roster. They seem to do it about once every two years.
- But you don’t think he’ll be dealt? No. He’s here, he’s signed, Eberle offers no headache through 2019. You have to devote a spot in the heart of your order to him, but the Oilers don’t have anyone pushing him now that Hemsky’s gone and Yakupov’s floundering.
- What can’t he do? Play center, push the river like Hall, intimidate physically, play an aggressive and effective two-way game.
- Will people turn on him? If he slows? Uh, depends on when it happens. He looks like he can go on for some time between 50-65 points, that’s a pretty valuable hockey player. You could argue that Yakupov might score 70 on Hall’s wing, but that’s not happened yet so Eberle is the guy holding the value. We’ll see, but I think the answer is Oiler fans love him and that will continue.
- Why this weirdly-named song? It feels right. It’s a lovely melody from a terrific album and it’s kind of perfect the way it is. Intact. Ready to use out of the box, impressive. It’s not an epic—I honestly don’t know what the hell Van’s on about in the lyric, and there’s no bulbs I can see—but the wonderful guitar, the go of the song, the bass, the piano. It’s honestly Eberle, don’t know what else to tell you. There’s Eberle’s everywhere with perfect hair and musical syntax at birth, and there’s people and songs that don’t quite work no matter how hard they try. Bulbs Eberle. What can I say?
- You’re the bulb. A dim one. Are we done?