This is going to be part two of the two-part series I’ve dubbed:”Hey Edmonton! How You feelin’?” Remember, the Oilers shipped Eberle to the Islanders in exchange for Ryan Strome.
Did you forget Strome was on the Isles? That’s fine. Here’s an update. In 80 games played the former fifth overall pick in 2011 Strome has 33 points. Look, that’s not a great return, but the Oilers shouldn’t be surprised. Strome got 30 points in 69 games the year before. He was as advertised.
For Eberle, he got the chance to play with buddy John Tavares, and when that didn’t work he was put on the second line with rookie Mathew Barzal and the two were an instant hit. Sure they put up a ton of points, 141 between the two, but they also dominate a game in terms of possession.
Eberle and Barzal are the two best players on the Islanders roster when looking at 5on5 Corsi-For. Eberle with 53.51% is first and Barzal second with a 52.3% CF%. (Corsi rates thanks to Corsica.Hockey)
What do I expect from Eberle? I expect him to continue that partnership with Barzal. I want the two to get as much time to sync up as possible. They’ve already had an entire season of games and practice, but more is better.
Lastly, I don’t care how brief, or not, but I want a line of McDavid, Barzal, Eberle. I want to see how good that trio could be. Cause Edmonton was a Griffin Reinhart away from that being a reality.
Mat Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Jordan Eberle are the players that have so far said they’ll play for Team Canada at the World Championships. Team Captain John Tavares could join then, any what about man on fire Anthony Beauvillier? If you’re Canadian and an Isles fan the World Championships became a must watch summer tournament.