2006-07: Jordan Eberle joined up with the city’s WHL club, the Pats, this season, where he tallied 28 goals and 55 points in 66 games as a rookie. He also put up decent numbers in the playoffs; seven points (2g+5a) in six games.
2007-08: In his second season with the Pats (WHL), Eberle scored a career high 75 points (42g+33a) in 70 games. He also saw more action in the postseason, netting two goals and six points in five games; he was named to the WHL (East) All-Star Team and Scholastic Player of the Year for his efforts. He represented his country at the WJC-18 this year, netting four goals and 10 points for Team Canada; Canada won Gold and he was named as a Top 3 Player on Team.
2008-09: The Regina Pats center tallied 35 goals and 74 points through 61 games this season, his second best total with the WHL club. He once again saw international action, tallying six goals and 13 points in six games at the WJC; Team Canada took home gold and Eberle was once again named a Top 3 Player on the Team. He also saw action with the Springfield Flacons (AHL), his first look at professional hockey. In nine games with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, the center potted six goals and nine points. Expect to see him with Regina next season, but don’t be surprised if he gets another look at the AHL and his first bit of ice-time with the Oilers.
Eberle does not dominate physically, but understands his role and is very confident with the puck. And he sees plenty of ice time, which will hasten his development as a complete player. Eberle is a refreshingly offensive-minded forward, which contrasts the atypical notion that Canadian-born players are all about grit, toughness and physical play. Size is an obvious concern but with a couple more inches and 20 more pounds, Eberle will be the average sized player. Strength and speed would be the two areas most needing improvement.
Eberle projects as a first liner.