Islanders Drop Jordan Eberle To 3rd Line In Practice
After a slow start to the season, the New York Islanders are dropping Jordan Eberle off the top line to play with Michael Dal Colle and Leo Komarov.
Through 12 games this year, Jordan Eberle doesn’t have a goal. In the first year of his new five-year contract, he’s off to an extremely slow start, and Barry Trotz took notice. The New York Islanders Head Coach dropped him to the third line in practice.
Trotz said that a lot of guys were full and that they’ve been patient with players but it might be time for a change. That’s the biggest example of a change to the lineup for the Isles, at least for what they’ve shown in practice.
Due to the success of the Beauvillier – Nelson – Brassard line, the only option was to put Eberle on the third line with Dal Colle and Komarov/Koivula. Josh Bailey most recently had that responsibility but with Eberle’s struggles, it’s easy to see why Bails is up on the top line with Lee and Barzal now.
Last season it took Eberle eight games before he scored a goal, and now this season he still doesn’t have one in 12 games played. He missed time due to an injury, and ever since returning he hasn’t looked like the same player.
If Eberle can get back to his 20-25 goal form that he’s usually on, or even a fraction of the player he was in the playoffs for the Islanders, they’d be in great shape. I’m just not so sure he figures it out with Uncle Leo and MDC, maybe this is a wakeup call for Jordan Eberle.
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