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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No Love for Zack

December 22 2010 07:21AM

Zack Stortini didn't play much in the first two periods last night (about 5 minutes) but took a fairly regular shift in the third (8:23 overall, all at EVs).  Coach Tom Renney clearly went to the big winger when rookie struggles got in the way of his normal rotation, but once again the big man with hair wasn't the first choice. 

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Jason Gregor
December 21 2010 03:27PM

This is the Hall of Fame edition of the Calder trophy and tonight in San Jose there is a good chance we will be watching the 2011 winner of the Calder. Logan Couture, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall are 1st, 3rd and 4th respectively in rookie scoring and along with the Canes' Jeff Skinner and Capitals' John Carlson they are the five front-runners.

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McDonald Loving It

December 20 2010 08:17PM

Colin McDonald has done a lot of things well this season: porn moustache, goal scoring, working hard at EVs, PK and PP. There is a "window of opportunity" for an Oiler forward currently being occupied by Gilbert Brule. Technically called "3rd line right-winger", this player needs to bring a physical style, some goal scoring and perhaps most importantly supply the coach with a reliable checker. Is Colin McDonald a candidate? Or is he too old? 

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