Edmonton Oilers Player Profile 2012 – Jordan Eberle

Jordan Eberle has burst onto the scene with the Edmonton Oilers, scoring 52 times in his first 147 games. One word to describe Eberle is sniper. Eberle does not need a lot of time or space in order to get the puck into the back of the net.

The thing that separates Eberle from some others on the team is his versatility and his hockey sense. Eberle can play in a variety of roles at different positions and excel in those roles. I have Eberle pencilled in as the third line right winger in my current depth chart but to be honest, I don’t see him spending a lot of time there. Either injuries will invade the roster like it has in the past, or as I foresee, one of the players currently in the top 6 will be moved. I’ve toyed with the idea of giving Eberle a look as the 2nd line center, but with Sam Gagner resigned, and as long as Gagner is on the roster, he will likely get the 2nd line center spot by default.

Many of the pundits in Oilerville have already claimed that Eberle is due to have a down year due to high shooting percentage. While this may happen, it won’t be so much due to lack of quality shots as much as a decreased role, at least at even strength. The Oilers will have to break in Nail Yakupov, as well as have Sam Gagner and/or Ales Hemsky either regain form or help take the next step. Eberle can play a big part in helping those players along. Eberle should still be a powerplay demon much like he was last season.

If I Could Grant One Wish – Role: Eberle is likely the one thats going to get jerked around while the Oilers try to fit everyone into place and its only because of his versatility. The Oilers have too many one dimensional forwards for the time being and Eberle’s role will be to get other players going, that would otherwise be running cold. The thing going for the Oilers is Eberle is a great soldier and will do anything to help the team win.

Prediction for 2013 – Will Score Less Goals This Season Than Last Season (34) – Lockout may help me out here but a more telling sign will be who his linemates will be. The Oilers have a lot of mouths to feed in terms of trying to produce goals, meaning there might be a more balanced approach to the Oilers scoring than there was last season. Bottom line is, Eberle is not going to lose his sniping ability overnight but what might decrease is the looks unless the Oilers adjust their top 6 accordingly.

 

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  • Justiceman

    I’m not sure how you justify the idea of putting the team’s top scorer from the previous season on the third line. Plus, there is the whole issue of the tremendous chemistry that Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins have together. If he needs injuries to move up the depth chart, the Oilers are truly a badly managed team.

    • Dan Lizee

      The idea of putting Eberle on the third line has less to do with Eberle and more to do with the others. If you put Hemsky or Gagner on the third line, they will become useless. Smyth on the third line is a viable option but then the board work will totally be lacking in the top 2 lines. Eberle could fit on the third line, play the other teams tough competition and still put up goals on the powerplay. I’d say he put up 25G from that spot. Sure it’s less than the 34 he got last season but its spreads out the scoring more. Although, I see a trade happening before I see Eberle on the third line. Gagner and Hemsky have been long rumored as trade bait and once one of them is gone, that will free up the spot for Eberle to move into the top 6.

  • oakfield

    So Yakupov passes him on the depth chart after he leads the team in scoring? While your argument to spread the scoring makes theoretical sense, it completely ignores his chemistry with RNH last season. You don’t break up that kind of fit to “spread the scoring.” Horcoff, Jones, and Smyth makes up a fantastic third line. No need to put your best sniper down there.

    • Dan Lizee

      Eberle has chemstry with most players on the team. Both RNH and Eberle are fantastic players and don’t need each other in order to score. They makes sense on the powerplay because they can sit in a seem and feed each other one timers all day. Eberle was still scoring goals even though RNH was on the shelf. Yakupov only passes him on depth chart because Yakupov isn’t going to play on the third or fouth lines. By your setup, either Yakupov or Hemsky are going to have to play LW, something I think they will be less effective at. Eberle will still produce the third line at a greater rate than having Yakupov or Hemsky play LW. Eberle can play with anyone and still be fine. If anyone was slumping, I wouldn’t hesitate to stick Eberle with them. Like I said in the post, Eberle would start on the third line, but he wouldn’t be there for long, injuries will arise, slumps will happen, maybe even a trade. Perhaps Eberle could start as the 2nd line LW as an offwing sniper. The point about Eberle is he has the versatility to play all over the lineup.