It’s happening. The New York Islanders are making the moves we’ve all expected them to make. They’re finally getting the top level talent they need. We hope.
It’s official the New York Islanders have acquired Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Ryan Strome. Straight up. One for one.
It’s a fair deal for the Isles. They take a good player in Jordan Eberle, as well as his big $6 million contract through the next two seasons. And the Edmonton Oilers get a 23-year-old Ryan Strome who still has a ton of potential.
He’s only two seasons removed from a 50 point NHL campaign in 2014-15. And he’s only going to cost the Oilers $2.5 million on the cap this season. Saving them $3.5 million this season.
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I’m loving this deal. Eberle is that winger the New York Islanders absolutely needed to round out their top six.
With Eberle, the Isles are getting a former 76 point scorer and a player that averaging 0.76 points per game over his entire career. Over the last three seasons, he’s scored between 20-28 goals. He’s also incredibly clutch.
For our Canadian contingency, you’ll all undoubtedly remember his junior tournament back in the dying seconds against Russia.
Eberle would immediately slot into that top line role with John Tavares and Anders Lee. Relegating Josh Bailey to that second line. It’s a great move with a fair cost.
In Strome the Islanders lost a player that had great potential, he was taken fifth overall int he 2011 NHL draft. But he’d been false started so often after that breakout 50 point season that he became a shadow of his former self.
A restart in Edmonton alongside Conor McDavid is probably exactly what Ryan Strome needs to get back to where he once was in 2014.
Good luck to Ryan Strome in his new digs out in Edmonton and welcome to New York Jordan Eberle.
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