New York Islanders Eberle and Dal Colle Can Be Difference Makers
Since mid-December, the New York Islanders have been the hottest team in the NHL. To keep stacking the wins both Jordan Eberle and Michael Dal Colle will need to step up.
With how the New York Islanders are currently playing, as well as, the depth they have on their roster, one has to think they are in the mix for the division title. Making the playoffs seems like a likely scenario.
If the Isles are going to be in the mix for the Metro title then Jordan Eberle and Michael Dal Colle need to be consistent contributors.
When Eberle went down with an injury right before Christmas the 28-year old winger was struggling. His offensive production was sub-par and he wasn’t fitting in Barry Trotz’s system.
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Since returning from his injury Eberle’s play has improved dramatically (8 Games, 4 Goals, 6 Points, Plus 4). Being one of the top-six forwards, the Isles need offense from Eberle. In a dark season last year Eberle was good posting 59 points along with a plus-five rating.
The Isles rely on a number of players in terms of offense. They need Eberle to continue his improved play, both five on five and the power play. If Eberle can be a big asset it will go a long way for the Isles in terms of competing for the division.
When the Islanders drafted Dal Colle, fifth overall in the 2014 Draft, expectations were very high. Odds are Dal Colle will not reach those lofty expectations.
However, there is no reason why the 22-year old winger can’t be a solid player for the Isles. Dal Colle has played a solid two-way game under Trotz and seems to be getting better with each and every game.
The other night Dal Colle had a special moment when he scored his first NHL goal against the Devils. If Dal Colle can continue to play a solid two-way game and provide secondary scoring that can go a long way for the Isles. It could really help elevate the Isles third line play, with the youngster alongside Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov.
No one is asking Eberle and or Dal Colle to carry the team. But if they can be really good contributors, as hard as it is to believe, that could translate into a division title for the Islanders.