Confidence is a funny thing. When you don’t have it you don’t know when you’ll ever get it again. But when you got it, you exude it. Just look at Jordan Eberle.
During the season the former first-round pick couldn’t buy a goal. He’d end the season with 37 points. A career low for Eberle (if you exclude the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season).
But after scoring a few goals to end the regular season, Jordan Eberle entered the playoffs with confidence. Within two minutes of game one, he found himself alone on Matt Murray and stuffed the puck under the two-time Stanley Cup champion to score his first ever playoff goal.
Fast forward to game three. Jordan Eberle works the puck down low and leaves it for Mathew Barzal. In a search for some space in the offensive zone he peels off and goes behind Matt Murray’s net. That’s when he spots Ryan Pulock with the puck at the point.
Now, watch how Jordan signals to Pulock from behind the net. Eberle isn’t in position yet, but he soon will be. Once in position, Pulock feeds him the puck and Eberle puts in past Matt Murray for his third of the series.
January Eberle wouldn’t have called for that play. By then he was still trying to buy a goal. Now in the playoffs, it seems that everything Jordan Eberle does turns into a goal. He’s “dripping” with confidence at the moment, confidence that’s absolutely contagious to the rest of his teammates.