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New York Islanders Daily: Needing More From Jordan Eberle

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on November 03, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on November 03, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders need more out of Jordan Eberle, who is on the second line right now. He has 13 points in 28 games so far.

It’s been about a year and a half since the New York Islanders acquired Jordan Eberle via trade. It was, and still is a good trade for the Isles, considering how poorly Ryan Strome has played since the deal.

Eberle last year was fantastic, he had 59 points and had great chemistry with Mathew Barzal in 2017-2018. This year, it’s been a struggle.

In 28 games, he has just 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists). That puts him on pace for 38 points this year. That would be the lowest of his career, excluding the lockout-shortened season when he had 37 points in 48 games.

The most recent stretch of games has been particularly rough for Eberle. He hasn’t scored a goal in seven games and has been held without a point for eight of the Islanders last 10 games played.

Eberle is supposed to be a guy who you can pencil in for 50 or more points a season. Right now, in a contract year, Eberle hasn’t helped his cause.

Yesterday, the Isles called up Josh Ho-Sang, perhaps to put pressure on Jordan and the rest of the top-six who as a collective group has underachieved recently. The Isles need to get him going, especially if they want to flip him at the deadline, a wise choice.

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