The Season’s Most Pleasant Surprise: Jordan Eberle

Jonathan Willis
December 22 2010 06:14PM

There was a time when I was far less excited about Jordan Eberle than the average Oilers fan. In the summer of 2009, Eberle had already carved out a bit of a reputation thanks to some World Junior heroics (we didn’t know more were to come) and most fans were chalking him up as a can’t-miss prospect. I looked at him, and saw a player with relatively modest production (for a high-end prospect), likely overrated because he’d scored a few big goals in a brief tournament.

I’ve done a 180° since then.

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Revisiting Red Flags

Jonathan Willis
December 22 2010 08:58AM

 

This past summer, I had some concerns about whether Gilbert Brule was going to be able to sustain the high level of performance he had during the 2009-10 season. I listed five points that I considered to be “red flags,”and given that Brule’s performance this season has regressed, I thought we might review them.

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Reddox Time?

Jonathan Willis
December 20 2010 07:49PM

I think it’s time for the Oilers to correct a mistake they made in training camp. It’s time to recall Liam Reddox from the minors.

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Looking To Next Summer

Jonathan Willis
December 19 2010 01:43PM

It’s still early, but a few Oilers players with expiring contracts this summer are already giving us a good indication of how the organization might deal with them when the season comes to a close.

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Improvement

Jonathan Willis
December 18 2010 11:44AM

One of the things I'm looking for from the Oilers this season is gradual improvement.  I wrote the team off as a playoff contender before the season began based on the roster, but that doesn't mean I was without optimism; the Oilers have an extremely young roster and I viewed this as a development year.

Looking for improvement, I decided to go back through the scoring chance data collected by Dennis King and published at mc79hockey.com.  There's a noticeable trend in every aspect of the Oilers game.

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