he annual orgy of anxiety over just how many points Jordan Eberle will score this coming season is again getting heating up.

Some Oilers bloggers/fans are wondering if the Oilers sniper is going to recover to his 2011-12 totals that saw him average 0.97 points per game 76 points in 78 games. There’s also the suggestion that without Taylor Hall to carry him Eberle would be a less productive player possibly a much less productive player.

In 2013 Eberle played 48 NHL games a number of them with an injured hand but he still put up 37 points in 48 games. His shooting percentage dropped from an unreal 18.9 per cent in 2011-12 to an entirely human 12.0 per cent in 2013. At the same time however he got off more shots per game 2.8 per game in 2013 compared to 2.3 per game in 2011-12.

Over an 82 game schedule Eberle’s rate of scoring would have netted him 63 points. Not bad. Not great.

This is in line with what I predicted for Eberle in 2013. I figured he might well be involved in more shots or scoring chances as is my focus but his hot shooting would likely cool off.