Edmonton Oilers 2015-16 Report Card Thus Far

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Jordan Eberle, B-

Jordan Eberle had a lot of obstacles so far this season. He suffered a shoulder injury in a preseason bout with the Arizona Coyotes, causing him to miss a big chunk of the NHL season. However, since his return on Nov. 6, he’s been… eh.

He has eight goals and three assists, but the scary stat is his minus-14 rating. He is poor defensively and his performance throughout games is spotty and inconsistent. The usually high-scoring winger is on pace for 35 points this season, and being the core player who has been with the Oilers for the longest amount of time, that is not normal, especially when you see that players like Hall and Draisaitl are aiming for over 80 points this season.

Eberle has just been having troubles finding the back of the twine, and rumors and speculation that he is going to be traded have come up a lot. However, he is absolutely clutch in overtime, which brings his grade up. Also, the fact that he sat out injured for almost a month helps him greatly.

Nevertheless, Eberle’s struggles are evident this season, and he is not showing any signs of improvement. Sometimes there is a flash of the 42-point Eberle we saw earlier in his NHL career, but we haven’t seen that kid in a really long time. So, due to injury, there is a curve on his grade, bringing him up to a B-.