Jan 3, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle (14) during play against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Oilers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Top Ten Oiler Stories Of 2011-12: #4 - Jordan Eberle

Jordan Eberle is an integral part of Edmonton’s alleged resurgence.  How integral?

Pretty integral.

If I could use no words, I’d use this video.

A quick look back at #14’s sophomore campaign after the jump.

Jordan Eberle finished with 76 points in 78 games.  That’s a flirt away from an 80 point season, and 80 points hasn’t been hit since since Doug Weight had 90 in 2001.

Eberle is an electric player with gifted hands.  If you didn’t watch the San Jose goal at the top of the page, I’ll wait.  Goals that are scored with swings that look like they’re outfield doubles tend to resonate in my brain.

Eberle has only finished his second season, and he continues to prove to be the dynamic player that Oiler fans love.  Not only is 76 points in his sophomore season an impressive (and team-leading) mark, his 10 power-play goals deserve a little mention as well.   Just two years ago we were watching him trick out Flames defencemen for his first NHL goal.  Since then, he’s gotten quite good at them.

To top off Eberle’s season, he’s been nominated for the Lady Byng trophy to be awarded at this year’s NHL Awards in June.  The Byng is awarded to one NHL player for ‘gentlemanly conduct’.  This isn’t as sexy as say, the Art Ross trophy, but it’ll surely fit nicely between a gold medal and what will likely be a fat contract extensi0n after 2012-13. Eberle finished with just eight penalty minutes in 78 games.

Here’s hoping that the Oilers are serious about making the playoffs in 2012-13.  If the team fails to make the second season for the seventh consecutive year, they’ll have just burned through Eberle, Hall and Paajarvi’s entry level deals.  You can bet that Eberle’s first deal will likely start with the number 5.

Besides, what Oiler fan wouldn’t want to see a  hungry Jordan Eberle team up with the rest of the club (including a solid defence corps) to take on the Vancouver Canucks next year in round one?

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