Fans of the New York Islanders knew the offensive skills the team lost when Jordan Eberle was left unprotected by GM Lou Lamoriello and selected by the Seattle Kraken during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft last season. What they didn't know was the depth of the singing/songwriting skills that were lost as well.
In a wide-ranging interview with SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman on the 32 Thoughts Podcast, the former Islanders winger shared a snippet of a tune he and teammates Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal penned while in Washington during a road trip in 2020.
We only get one verse, but it is a tongue-in-cheek take on how the players viewed their defensive first style of play under Barry Trotz with a line, "it ain’t it a lot of fun, but it gets the job done."
"Honestly, it one of the tightest-knit groups I played with," said Eberle about his time on the Island, which included two consecutive seasons where the team fell one round short of the Stanley Cup Final. After being the best player on the ice during the 2019 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, the winger's most memorable playoff moment arguably came the next year in Edmonton when he scored the GW in double-OT to keep the Islanders alive against Tampa Bay.
The following year, his backhand goal late in the second period of Game 6 in the final game at the Nassau Coliseum helped give the Isles momentum to eventually tie and win the game in OT on Anthony Beauvillier's goal. Eberle says the Game 7 loss to Tampa the next game was the most devastated he's ever been in his career. "You come into the room and have 20 grown men crying."
One of the biggest World Juniors standouts in recent history, Friedman and Eberle discuss the remarkable tournament performance of Connor Bedard and recount his "getting old" moment, replying to a 2012 tweet from Mathew Barzal about getting chills watching his 2009 World Juniors goal against Russia in the tournament semi-finals.
Eberle also talks about how the Islanders team under Trotz "checked their ego at the door," which led to the group transforming from the league's worst defensive team to the best. Asked about Lamoriello, Eberle talked about the "respect factor" of the Isles GM which he described as a mix of the Godfather and Yellowstone's John Dutton. The former Islander also shares how Lamoriello helped Jordan and his wife get identification during the lockdown for their newborn so they could leave New York and return to Canada.
Through 38 games, Eberle has 9 goals and 22 assists in his second season with Seattle.