The Edmonton Oilers have one of the most promising squads in all of hockey. It seems that everyone on their roster is under the age of 25 and it has left many fantasy hockey owners drooling over their long-term potential in dynasty leagues.
Perhaps the most overlooked star on the unit, though, is RW Jordan Eberle. At 23 years old, Eberle is one of the most promising young forwards in fantasy. In 48 games last season, Eberle scored 16 goals and added 21 assists. He racked up a respectable 37 total points, but it was a bit of a step back considering the 76 points he put up in 78 games in 2011.
The youngster has been on fire this preseason though. In four games, he has scored two goals and added six helpers. Eberle is currently the center on the top line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins still nursing a shoulder injury, but Eberle will be back on the outside as soon as RNH is healthy. The duo will combine with LW Taylor Hall to form one of the deadliest young lines in fantasy and Eberle will have every opportunity to get his point total back up this season.
Additionally, if Eberle plays enough games on top of the first line, he could also become center-eligible this year. That would only give him more positional flexibility moving forward and it could come in handy in the later months of the season once injuries start to set in.
Eberle has yet to showcase his true fantasy potential and this could be the season we see him crack a point per game.