Earl completed his rookie season at the University of Wisconsin in 2003-04 where he led all Badgers rookies in scoring with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) playing in 42 games.
Prior to arriving in Wisconsin, Earl played two seasons with the U. S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During the 2002-03 season he had 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists) in 53 games played. He represented the United States at the 2003 IIHF U-18 World Championship in Russia and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2002 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Selected by Toronto in the 2004 Draft. A teammate of Leafs’ prospect Andy Wozniewski in 2003-04 at the University of Wisconsin.
2006-07: While at first glance, Earl’s 2006-07 season could be considered a disappointment, digging a bit deeper reveals a solid first pro season for the Marlies. The shifty winger played in 67 games and posted 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points. He also held a respectable minus-6 rating on a team filled with minus players. Earl’s situation dictated his season more than his talent, as he was forced to play middling minutes on a team devoid of offensive talent.
Scott Mitchell contributed to this profile
Earl is a tremendously gifted offensive player who is exciting watch. He is an excellent skater with explosive speed. He’s a difficult player to contain because of his great ability to move not only through traffic but also around opposing defenders. He plays with intensity and will get involved in the physical aspects of the game. His play around the net is quite good. He will drive to the net as well as create chaos around it. He also possesses great playmaking skills. He sees the ice well and has good anticipation. He possesses a quick release and has no trouble finding the net. He has also shown a knack for scoring timely goals as well. One area of improvement for Earl is his size. At 185 lbs. he could stand to bulk up more.