Jordan Eberle (RW)
Current Deal: $6 million
Last season was Eberle’s first with the Islanders after being traded from the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Strome. After two down years with the Oilers, GM Peter Chiarelli wanted to shed some cap space by sending Eberle out.
Turns out Eberle wasn’t that 37 point player the Oilers thought they had. Pairing with Mathew Barzal, Eberle was back to his old self and scored 59 points.
Better Season: 65 points+
Eberle doesn’t have to worry about Tavares’s departure. In fact, it might help him. With Tavares on the team, Eberle spent a good portion of his season on the second power-play unit. Now he can play on PP1 with Barzal. Putting up another six points over his 2017-18 return is 100 percent possible.
There’s no reason to take him off of Mathew Barzal’s wing as we enter 2018-19. Add more power play time with his regular 5on5 winger and Jordan Eberle should without a doubt put up more than 59 points next season.
Cap Hit: $7 million, four to five years
Looking at Max Pacioretty’s deal with the Golden Knights. Being a year younger Eberle can get that extra year on his contract. Seven million is a fair increase over his last deal for his level of production. A five-year deal keeps him till he turns 33-years-old.