It was Jordan Eberle’s first year with the New York Islanders after being acquired this past summer. Year one was a success in New York.
Arguably Garth Snow’s best move from this past year was flipping Ryan Strome for Jordan Eberle straight up. Eberle’s first year with the New York Islanders was an instant success even though it wasn’t in the role everyone thought.
Jordan Eberle was originally brought in to play on John Tavares’ Right Wing. For the second year in a row, the Islanders tried to address that need in the offseason. Eberle would quickly be moved to the second line, like Andrew Ladd before him.
It’s hard to call it a demotion because playing with Mathew Barzal should be considered a treat. The two formed unbelievable chemistry together.
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Eberle had 59 points (25 goals, 34 assists) on the season. It was an eight-point increase from last year and a significant upgrade from Strome who he was moved for. Like we mentioned, Eberle found a significant home on the second line.
The final product of the line was Beauvillier – Barzal – Eberle. The trio combined for 180 of the Islanders points. At times they were more efficient than the Islanders top unit of Lee – Tavares – Bailey.
The Islanders have two offensive lines like this is a blessing, and it’s the best piece to build around for the future. It’s almost unbelievable that they finished out of the playoffs with the productivity of the top two lines but that’s a story for another day.
Eberle also had a career year possession-wise with a 54.4 CF% and a 9.8 CF% rel. Heading into the last year of his contract an extension should be looked into. The trio of Beauvillier – Barzal – Eberle needs to be here for the long hall.
Eberle gets an A grade for his play this year. 59 points and 25 goals is great production from your second line RW. The Isles found a gem after fleecing the Oilers in a trade once again.