Look, I’m not here to talk about the trade, how Eberle is doing in Brooklyn, or what Ryan Strome is doing here. But today is Jordan Eberle’s return to Edmonton for the first time since becoming a New York Islander. Last year’s poor playoff showing be damned, Eberle was a very good Oiler and he should be remembered as such.
Here are our favourite memories from Eberle’s time with the Oilers.
The Oilers draft Eberle 22nd overall
Oil Change 2.0. H.O.P.E. The new frontier. Jordan Eberle was a key member on the Oilers of the future and, in his first NHL game, he showed why. Eberle scored this gorgeous goal against the Calgary Flames to kick off the 2010-11 season. He’s scored a lot of goals, but this one still might be his best.
After that incredible goal, TSN did a great job putting together this hilarious satire feature about him showing up rookie first overall pick Taylor Hall and new captain Shawn Horcoff. It’s honestly impressive how good Hall and Horcoff acted in this video.
This wasn’t technically him with the Oilers, but he was an Oilers prospect at the time and I think this is largely when Jordan Eberle hype began. With just a couple seconds left in Canada’s semifinal game against Russia at the 2009 World Juniors, John Tavares chucks a puck on net and Eberle grabs it and toe drags it around Russia’s goalie to tie the game. I remember going to an Oilers game in, like, March of 2009 and seeing Eberle Canada jerseys being sold in the team shop.
Boy oh boy was that release sweet. I miss those snipes.
The acting was also sweet. I miss those commercials
I promised I wouldn’t get mad about the trade I promised I wouldn’t get mad about the trade I promised I wouldn’t get mad about the trade I promised I wouldn’t get mad about the trade ….. Welcome back, Ebs!