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New York Islanders Four Players That Need Bounce Back Second Half

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 17: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 17: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 26: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Jordan Eberle

Jordan Eberle has not been the same player he was in 207-18 when he hit 59 points playing alongside Mathew Barzal. In the final year of his deal before hitting unrestricted free agent status, it’s disappointing.

With 37 games played, Eberle has 18 points to his name. That puts him on pace for a career low of 38 points by seasons end. Excluding the lockout year of course.

Since coming back from injury a few days ago Jordan Eberle has looked like the player he needs to be in the second half. He already has a goal since his return and unfortunately had one disallowed due to offsides the other night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

If he can keep that up until the end of the seasons, and hopefully into the playoffs he’s going to give the Islanders something to think about as he heads towards free agency.

The Islanders have probably already made up their minds on Jordan Eberle. Its hard to see them trading him if they make the playoffs, meaning they’ve probably made peace with the thought of losing him for nothing on July 1.

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That might not be fun for Jordan Eberle (hockey players tend to prefer stability over the unknown of the open market). But he has to play for his next contract whether that’s with the New York Islanders or not.

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