JORDAN EBERLE: 14 AT 24

Robin Brownlee
May 15 2014 12:31PM

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I'll leave the squealing and tossing of panties to Wanye, but on the occasion of Jordan Eberle's 24 birthday today, it's worth noting what a terrific hockey player he's been for the Edmonton Oilers during four mostly miserable seasons with this floundering franchise.

Playing on a rebuilding team that's done almost nothing but lose since he first pulled on the Oil Drop in 2010-11 – finishing 30th, 29th, 24th, and 28th - Eberle has risen above the futility to produce 221 points in the 275 regular season games he's played since being drafted 22nd from the Pats in 2008.

Despite toiling with a bottom-feeder, Eberle's made a pretty good case for being the steal of his draft class. Only Steven Stamkos, taken first overall, and Erik Karlsson, taken 15th, have outscored him.  Stamkos is the stud of the vintage with 426 points in 410 games. Karlsson, a Norris Trophy winner, has 237 points in 315 games.  

The 2008 class also includes Drew Doughty, taken second overall by Los Angeles, and Alex Pietrangelo, taken fourth by St. Louis. Outside of those four players, all taken higher, I can't think of anybody who has accomplished more or been better than Eberle as he blows out 24 candles on the cake.

TIME FLIES

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Eberle, coming off a season in which he scored 65 points in 80 games and was paid $6 million in the first year of a six-year contract worth $36 million, is just now entering his prime years. He's not a kid any more. What you see now is close to what you're going to get, although we could see a slight rise in Eberle's point totals -- if the Oilers actually manage to improve as a team.

While I'm not trying to put Eberle on the shuffleboard court in the old folk's home at the ripe, old age of 24, time ticks on. It's not a stretch to suggest that we'll have seen the majority of Eberle' prime years by the end of his current contract in 2019, when he'll turn 29.

How many playoff berths might we see from Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Oilers over these next five years after eight straight seasons out of the post-season mix? One? Two? Three? None? What are the odds of all three of them being here in our shiny, new rink then?

This rebuild fans have endured, after all, has been sold pitching Eberle, Hall and Nugent-Hopkins as the foundation. What remains is for general manager Craig MacTavish to find the many missing parts to get the job finished before too much more time zips by.

Godspeed, MacT. Happy birthday, Ebs.

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#51 Danger Pay
May 16 2014, 12:25AM
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I honestly thought he was 21 turning 22. Man this Oilers suck train has been one incredibly long ride, too long if you asked me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOP3L_XaPd0

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#52 Wanye
May 16 2014, 01:31AM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM THAILAND MY SWEET SWEET PRINCE

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#53 Taylor Gang
May 16 2014, 05:42AM
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Wanye wrote:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM THAILAND MY SWEET SWEET PRINCE

I was in Thailand last week! Why didn't you tell me?!?!

Unless you were that drunk guy squealing at the top of his lungs in Patpong...

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#54 Walter Sobchak
May 16 2014, 07:41AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Discuss an EDM line-up with, what, seven new players in it? OK.

Nuts. Won't happen.

Nice read Browlee.

I seldom disagree with logical post's, but we are talking about the Oilers and how the do business.

7 players huh.

1- replacement for Jones

2- replacement for Smyth

3-replacement for Klefbom??(more development needed)

4-replacement for Fraser

5-replacement for 4th line center...(not sure Lander's the man)

6-possible addition through the draft.

7--replacement for Belov.

Your dead meat and washout might be different then mine, I never even mentioned Gazdic or Joensuu.

I think you might be looking at least 4 or 5 turn overs in one summer, maybe not 7........but RB, I'll be the one who mentions in a subtle way that roster looks ok for being overhauled....again.

Just saying.

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#55 Brad 21
May 16 2014, 08:43AM
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I will say one thing it's nice not going into another summer wondering about the goaltending situation. At least MacT can concentrate on the other needs of this team. (2nd line center and defence)

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#56 Robin Brownlee
May 16 2014, 10:06AM
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@Walter Sobchak

There will be lots of turnover for sure and there should be, but you won't see six or seven players brought in from outside the organization, at least not on the EDM roster. If you're talking NHL and AHL combined, sure, but that's what the poster was proposing.

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#57 Sorensenator
May 16 2014, 11:24AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Gagner for Phaneuf is ONE Trade.

Smyth replaced by Winnik.

Jones replaced by Downie.

Gagner replaced by Legwand.

Gilbert replaces N Shultz/Smid/Belov.

Draft Ekblad/Bennett/Reinhert.

SIX Players.... Not happening?!?

Are these players magically going to replace themselves? Did we forfeit the 3rd overall for setting a new standard of suck?

You do realize we have 34 mil in cap space when Gags is traded... What do you prefer we talk about? Playoffs?

How our pp sucks and Eakins is a bad a coach? Maybe touch on those assistants we have?

Isn't this all a waste of time...

You are smart like a trained animal aren't you?

"Gagner for Phanuef is one trade" except your forgetting the other pieces that would involve Phanuef for Gagner smart guy.

Then you mention four more trades/signings after that - straight up ones.

No they are not going to magically replace themselves, but you are coming up with players names that you hope will magically be inserted into the lineup!

Legwand replaces Gagner? I thought you traded Gagner for Phanuef straight up plus a ham sandwich?

The fact you mention Gilbert shows how short your memory is.

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#58 nuge2nail
May 16 2014, 01:12PM
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Sorensenator wrote:

You are smart like a trained animal aren't you?

"Gagner for Phanuef is one trade" except your forgetting the other pieces that would involve Phanuef for Gagner smart guy.

Then you mention four more trades/signings after that - straight up ones.

No they are not going to magically replace themselves, but you are coming up with players names that you hope will magically be inserted into the lineup!

Legwand replaces Gagner? I thought you traded Gagner for Phanuef straight up plus a ham sandwich?

The fact you mention Gilbert shows how short your memory is.

Oiler Domination To Follow

Are you proposing Six new players are not added to this years lineup?

Your math skills are weak my friend.

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#59 Sorensenator
May 16 2014, 02:38PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

Are you proposing Six new players are not added to this years lineup?

Your math skills are weak my friend.

No, there will not be six new players signed or traded for from outside the organization.

Half the players on your list are interchangeable fourth liners that are filled by guys that were healthy scratches or players in the AHL.

There is no guarantee Gagner will be replaced as much as everyone would like him to be

Yes there will be new players however they will not be inserted with the touch of a magic button like you propose.

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#60 Quicksilver ballet
May 17 2014, 09:17AM
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FuManShu wrote:

Eberle holds the most value - trade him if we can plug some holes

Eberle + Klefbom + 2015 2nd - becomes a 1st if Stewart resigns for Erhoff + Ristolainen (need a right shot) + Stewart + Foligno

Move Gagner + Ference for Phaneuf + 2014 2nd with 1 to 1.5 mill retained

Hall Nuge Stewart Kulemin Grabo Yakupov Foligno Arco Perron Lander Gordon Hendricks

Erhoff Petry Phaneuf Gilbert Marincin Schultz

have Draisaitl/Bennet, Nurse, and Risto developing

K. Discuss.

You're alright kid.

Don't mind these guys, they're just upset they didn't think of this first. The first guy through the wall, always gets bloodied.

You be you......keep on keepin on Scotty P!

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