4. Jordan Eberle
Cap hit: $6 million
Production: 10 points, 20 games
Remember, this is about value. And with a $6 million cap hit (in a walk year mind you), Jordan Eberle isn’t producing good value. Not at the moment anyway.
With 10 points in 20 games, Jordan Eberle is on pace for 41 points this season. Sounds OK. But consider that with nine points in 20 games Leo Komarov is on pace for 37 points. And Leo Komarov carries half the cap hit that Jordan Eberle does. Half the cap hit and almost equal production.
This season we just haven’t seen the same Jordan Eberle that we saw last season. He isn’t linking up with Mathew Barzal all that well and he seems to be running afoul of new head coach Barry Trotz.
On a few occasions, this season Trotz has kept Jordan Eberle on the bench for large stretches of games. Namely the 6-2 loss against the Dallas Stars. In the third period, Barry Trotz kept Eberle on the bench as he ran a three-line rotation for the first few minutes.
That’s not what you want to hear or see from what should be one of the team’s better players. He should be a player that the coach trusts and can count on. Not a player he sees as a liability.
Eberle just isn’t producing like a guy who carries a $6 million cap hit should. And for that, he deserves a spot on this list.
Hopefully, the New York Islanders can sort out both Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal and we can all get back to the good times (how few there were) of the 2017-18 season.