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Islanders three big questions: Will Oliver Wahlstrom start?

Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second goal (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second goal (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Can Eberle Continue Hot Start?

Jordan Eberle typically starts the season slowly. Unlike Brock Nelson who is incredibly productive right out of the gate during an NHL season, Jordan Eberle takes more time to get going.

The evidence is clear. In his four years with the Islanders, Eberle takes time to get on the scoresheet. Here’s how quickly Eberle registered his first goal and point in each of his three previous seasons with the Islanders:

This year, Eberle scored his first (and second) goal in the fourth game and picked up his first point in game number one. Having Eberle be this productive so early could mean nothing, but it could also mean everything.

Since he arrived on the Island he’s put up two good seasons and one not-so-good one (that would be 2018-19 where he scored 37 points in 78 games). Last year, Eberle was scoring at his usual 50 point pace. Would he dip again after a good year or could he improve upon last year’s showing?

If Eberle can continue his strong start to the season and build on the confidence he’s building this could be a good year for him and the New York Islanders. Let’s see if he can build on his two-goal game from Thursday on Sunday as he faces the same team.

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