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New York Islanders Re-Signing Jordan Eberle: Pros and Cons

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, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by teammae Mathew Barzal #13 after Eberle scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.The New York Islanders defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pros of Re-Signing Jordan Eberle

It’s clear that Jordan Eberle had a bad season. With 37 points in 78 games, he didn’t live up to that $6 million cap hit. But typically, he does.

Since joining the league with the Edmonton Oilers in the 2008-09 season, Eberle has scored at least 50 points in five of his nine NHL seasons. Only his rookie season (43 points), the 2012-13 lockout year (37 points in 48 games or 63 point pace), an injury-shortened 2015-16 season (47 points), and this season did he score less than 50.

Jordan Eberle is at minimum a 50 point player in the NHL. Any season where he’s fallen under than benchmark can be justified. Even this season can be explained. Most of the Islanders forwards took a hit in terms of production this season under Barry Trotz.

Could Eberle have been better? Absolutely. Can he be better? Absolutely.

We’ve already seen what is possible between Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal from just a season ago. There’s a better player in Jordan Eberle then we saw this season.

Give him a competent power play structure and watch him put up numbers we’re more accustomed to seeing. And when that happens the Isles top-six will look at lot scarier then it did this season.

He’s already carrying a $6 million cap hit. With his production, this season it’s hard to imagine that an extension would have to go much higher than that.

At 28 years old Eberle is still young and still has a number of good years in front of him. Give him a four-year deal and he’ll only turn 33 at the very end of the deal (his birthday is May 15th).

Pros

  • Is a 50 point player in the NHL
  • Has chemistry with Barzal
  • Still young (28)
  • Won’t cost too much
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