Islanders: Jordan Eberle Expectations For 2021 Season
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders could use Jordan Eberle to find the back of the net more in 2021. Can we expect him to provide that?
It’s been an interesting past two years for Jordan Eberle under Barry Trotz with the New York Islanders. In 2018-2019, he netted just 19 goals over the regular season before heating up in the playoffs.
He followed that up with 16 goals and 40 points in 58 games. That’s a 57 point pace, which is much improved over the year prior but his goal pace of 23 could be a little higher.
Ideally, Eberle is in that 25-30 goal range playing on a line with Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee. While he was still picking up assists, Eberle struggled to find the back of the net in the playoffs going 11 games in a row without a goal.
Can we expect those numbers to rise in 2021?
Jordan Eberle will likely start the season on line one with Mathew Barzal. Barry Trotz has shown faith in that line keeping them together even when they struggle but when that line clicks it’s very effective.
Where Eberle can make up some of those goals is on the power play. If his power play goals can rise up from four to maybe seven to nine, than the Islanders would be in great shape.
In a 56 game season, I think we see a similar pace to what Eberle did in 2019-2020. I’ll say he puts up 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists). Over a full season that’s 57 points (26 goals, 31 assists).
If the Islanders are getting that kind of production from Eberle, that would begin to shut some people up when it comes to the lack of goal scoring. Expect him to play somewhere around 17 minutes a night and getting a good chunk of time on the power play.
Eberle was third on the team in power play time for forwards and he missed 10 games. So that goes to show you just how much Trotz relies on him on the man advantage.
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In a perfect world, Eberle is a second line player but for now he’ll get his shot on the Islanders top line. Hopefully Barzal can elevate both Lee and Eberle to be more reliable top line options.