Jordan Eberle's performance at the World Juniors has everyone talking about his game and what type of NHL career he will have with the Edmonton Oilers. I don't know who this guy is, but he has a blog called canadasportsguy.com. He doesn't think Eberle is the be all end all and won't help the Oilers improve their standing. Take a read!
The Edmonton Oilers are just about at rock bottom. The media has turned on this team and the fans are on the fence. Should they continue to fight for a playoff spot or tank it to get a top 3 pick in this years NHL entry draft? This is a team with too many undersized forwards on their roster such as Gagner, Cogliano and Brule.
Despite the undersized forwards that are on this team, there are still some Oiler fans who think that Jordan Eberle is the answer for the Oilers for next season. Are you serious? I can't believe that there are people out there who think he will be a star on the 1st line next year with Penner. The Oilers got into this mess partly because of the midget forwards that are already on the squad. Eberle will take years to develop into a serviceable forward at the NHL level. He is not of the same pedigree of a John Tavares.
Eberle is an overrated player and at 5'10 and 170 lbs, he is 20 lbs LESS than Sam Gagner. Oiler fans forget that Gagner was a stud coming out of Junior and his numbers were much more impressive than Eberle. During Gagner's last season in Junior he was averaging over 2.2 pts per game. Eberle last year was averaging 1.2 pts per game. Is Gagner the superstar forward you all thought he would be? Is Andrew Cogliano? If I were running the Oilers, I would capitalize on the market value of Eberle and see what was available in a trade. His trade value will never be as high as it is now. Do Oiler fans want to see another small forward under achieve?
Don't get caught up in the Jordan Eberle hype of last years Junior Championships because Eberle is no saviour for the Edmonton Oilers, not even close. This team and it's fans need to come back to reality and start to build a team that can play in the NHL, not the CHL.