2017-18: 25G, 34A, 58P
Cap Hit: $6 million | 1 Year
Jordan Eberle will start the season as the number one right-wing for the New York Islanders. There’s no question about it. The bond he struck with Mathew Barzal in 2017-18 makes it impossible to pry them apart right now.
With the loss of John Tavares, the Islanders need to get as much offense going in 2018-19 as possible. That means the Eberle-Barzal bromance will continue for at least another season.
From what we saw last season, it’s hard to believe that an increase in ice-time will mean a decrease in production for Eberle and Barzal. Both saw quality opposition last year with a 50.06 and 50.05 respectfully in terms of Corsi-For of quality of competition.
But could it all go downhill? Maybe. I guess. Jordan Eberle was originally brought in to play on John Tavares’ wing. But the productivity they shared way back in the 2009 World Junior Championships never materialized. Eberle was moved down to Barzal’s line within a few weeks.
Maybe when the light shines the brightest Jordan Eberle whithers? Nope. That’s not it at all. We’ve all seen Jordan Eberle score a ton of clutch goals in some pretty large settings. Again, remember 2009.
Jordan Eberle could easily move up and take the top spot from Josh Bailey. To some of you, he might already be the top right-wing going into the 2018-19 season for the New York Islanders.