Yesterday, Jordan Eberle turned 30 years old. His New York Islanders teammate and linemate, Mathew Barzal, gave him the business.
The relationship between Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle is a humorous one. From day one, the two seemed to click very well. Originally, the New York Islanders brought Eberle in here to play next to John Tavares but that didn’t last too long.
That 2017-2018 season also happened to be Mathew Barzal’s rookie campaign where Barzy and Eberle linked up and put up phenomenal numbers as a second line.
The two have stuck together since, and even have a pretty humorous nickname gimmick where they call each other Gary on the ice. Well, yesterday was Eberle’s birthday and Barzal couldn’t let it go by without a little birthday chirp for his good pal.
I’m sure Eberle appreciated getting chirped by the soon-to-be 23-year-old, Barzal. Why do I feel like Mitch and I have the same relationship on the podcast that Eb’s and Barzy have on the ice with the young vs old (sorry, Mitch) gimmick?
In Eberle’s age 29 season, he had 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 58 games which over a full 82 game season is a 57 point campaign. He took a significant step forward from his poor sophomore season with the Isles.
In 217 career games with the Islanders, Eberle has 136 points and 60 goals. So far in his tenure on Long Island, he’s best known for his dominance in the Pittsburgh Penguins series last year scoring a goal in each game.
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With four more years under contract, Jordan Eberle should be here for his next few birthdays. Hopefully, the Islanders get to play on his birthday in a playoff run one of these years.