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The Edmonton Oilers are starting to build a solid young core that looks primed to contend very soon.  One could credit the team’s scouting and management staff, but when you have three straight first overall picks not even Mike Milbury could screw that up. Well, that may be pushing it a bit, but you get the point. 

 

Most people remember Jordan Eberle as the young kid that scored multiple clutch goals for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.  And in so doing made Pierre McGuire develop a man crush the likes of which that would make Dion Phaneuf jealous.  Today, after two seasons in the National Hockey League, Eberle has developed into a solid pro and led the Oilers in scoring last year by a wide margin.

 

Eberle recorded 34 goals and 42 assists for 76 points in 2011-12.  The next closest Oiler was Taylor Hall who finished 23 points behind Eberle.  The right winger from Regina, Saskatchewan also improved his plus/minus from year one to year two as he went from a minus-12 to a plus-4.

 

His excellent campaign was a little unheralded, perhaps due to the fact that the Oilers once again had a very tough year when it came to the standings.  You certainly can’t ignore how consistent Eberle was though.  His 61.5% of games played with a point was tops on Edmonton.

 

Rank Name Pos Age Yrs Team GR GP Total PPG GP w/ % of GP
Points Point w Pnts
1 EBERLE,JORDAN C 22 2 EDM 82 78 76 0.97 48 61.5
2 NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN C 19 1 EDM 82 62 52 0.84 37 59.7
3 HALL,TAYLOR L 20 2 EDM 82 62 52 0.84 36 58.1
4 SMYTH,RYAN L 36 17 EDM 82 82 46 0.56 33 40.2
5 GAGNER,SAM C 22 5 EDM 82 75 47 0.63 30 40
6 HEMSKY,ALES R 28 9 EDM 82 69 36 0.52 26 37.7

 

Not only that, but Eberle had a stretch in 2011-12 where he earned points in 16 of 18 games.  He also added 21 multi-point games and he had five games where he posted three or more points. 

 

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One thing that is clear with the Oilers is that as they continue to add young talent it helps those players further develop who are already in the lineup.  A player that Eberle didn’t get the chance to play with in his rookie season was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who was drafted first overall in 2011.  Last year he played substantial minutes with Nugent-Hopkins.

 

Frequency Strength Line Combination
19.86% EV 14 EBERLE,JORDAN - 4 HALL,TAYLOR - 93 NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 
11.28% EV 14 EBERLE,JORDAN - 89 GAGNER,SAM - 4 HALL,TAYLOR 
9.91% EV 14 EBERLE,JORDAN - 93 NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN - 94 SMYTH,RYAN 
6.77% EV 14 EBERLE,JORDAN - 28 JONES,RYAN - 93 NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 
5.14% PP

14 EBERLE,JORDAN - 4 HALL,TAYLOR - 10 HORCOFF,SHAWN - 93 NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 

 

Nugent-Hopkins had a solid rookie season as he compiled 52 points in just 62 games which was good enough for third on the Oilers in scoring.  RNH is also a tremendous passer and that had a profound effect on Eberle’s 34 goals.  His goal total nearly doubled from year one to year two and was no doubt due to RNH’s set-up skills.  Had Nugent-Hopkins not missed 20 games due to injury, Eberle’s totals could have even been higher.  Here is a look at how often the two players teamed up for production.

 

Str On Ice Line Combination Points %Total
Points
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - HALL,TAYLOR - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 10 13.16%
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN - SMYTH,RYAN 10 13.16%
PP EBERLE,JORDAN - HALL,TAYLOR - HORCOFF,SHAWN - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 9 11.84%
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - GAGNER,SAM - HALL,TAYLOR 9 11.84%
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - GAGNER,SAM - SMYTH,RYAN 6 7.89%
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - JONES,RYAN - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 4 5.26%
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - HARTIKAINEN,TEEMU - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 3 3.95%
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - HORCOFF,SHAWN - SMYTH,RYAN 3 3.95%
PP EBERLE,JORDAN - GAGNER,SAM - HALL,TAYLOR - HORCOFF,SHAWN 2 2.63%
EV EBERLE,JORDAN - GAGNER,SAM - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 2 2.63%
EV BELANGER,ERIC - EBERLE,JORDAN - SMYTH,RYAN 2 2.63%
PP EBERLE,JORDAN - GAGNER,SAM - HORCOFF,SHAWN - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 2 2.63%
PP EBERLE,JORDAN - HALL,TAYLOR - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 1 1.32%
PP EBERLE,JORDAN - GAGNER,SAM - HALL,TAYLOR - HORCOFF,SHAWN - NUGENT-HOPKINS,RYAN 1 1.32%

 

Looking ahead to 2012-13, things look to be getting even better for Eberle and the Oilers.  It remains to be seen where first overall draft pick Nail Yakupov will fit in.  Will he make a smooth transition to the pros like Eberle did?  Or will he take a little longer to develop and mature?  If he does make the leap he will no doubt improve the overall forward depth of the team.  Depth and scoring from multiple lines doesn’t allow opponents to check just one guy, which ultimately frees up more space for a guy like Eberle.

 

When you have the type of talent that Eberle does, sometimes it doesn’t make sense to bury a player in the AHL for years.  Playing in major competitions like the World Juniors can give a player the experience of competing on a big stage.  When they finally do arrive in the NHL, the bright lights aren’t so blinding.  Poolies can take comfort in the fact that even though Eberle recorded 76 points it was still just his second season.  He may have only scratched the surface.   

 


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Jake44 said:

Jake44
... A lot of people saying Eberle being the one who gets bumped from one of the younger guys.....just remember one thing. He is the only one of the bunch so far that's stayed relatively healthy. I find there is too much chatter about how much better Hall, RNH, and maybe Yakupov passing Eberle on the scoring front. Up to now, he's been the man. What else does Eberle have to do to gain the "respect" he obviously deserves. I know the other three are going to be awesome, but why can't Eberle be included, if not the best of the bunch. Eberle is on his way to being one of, if not the top dog in the RW department. Don't get me wrong, I hope they all "light it up", but I feel Eberle's status on the Oilers should not be in the shadow of Hall, RNH, and Yakupov....but included if not on top of the bunch. He's proven it up to now, and I for one will be giving him the respect he so well deserves!! Go Oilers!!
July 27, 2012
Votes: +3

mrmojorisin said:

mrmojorisin
re: First line Hall and Yakupov play the same wing so the odds of them playing together is slim. And No, it is not that easy to just "play the other side" at the NHL level or every player would do it.
July 27, 2012
Votes: +1

Teh Doktor said:

Teh Doktor
... PP production goes up, or he might get bumped off by one of the younger guys.

July 27, 2012
Votes: -1

Teh Doktor said:

Teh Doktor
... One thing I didn't see mentioned is how Eberle got his points.

I looked at the end of the season, and it seemed that while he got significant pp time, he did not do so well scoring on the pp. I think he had less that five pp points from December on. (Going from memory here.)

So I have to wonder, is that a result of teams keying on him on the pp, opening it up for others, or something else.

At the least, I would expect that if he stays on the pp unit, that his pp production has to go up.

Any thoughts?
July 27, 2012
Votes: +0

austeane said:

austeane
... At least, it should be another little while before
Hall-RNH-Yakupov becomes the first line.
Has there ever been a hockey line composed of 3 first overall draft picks?
July 27, 2012
Votes: +1

austeane said:

austeane
... That is a nutty second season. Especially when some ranked them Hall>MPS>Eberle before their rookie season. I would usually worry that he would get knocked off the top line by Hall and Yakupov at some point in the future but it seems that there should be enough scoring to go around and Eberle shouldn't fall far from that total in years to come.
I wonder though, will he get all that much better points wise in the years to come?
July 27, 2012
Votes: +1
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