If the National Hockey League head office is making its list and checking it twice for players in the all-star game, Jordan Eberle should be on it, and it wouldn't be throwing the Edmonton Oilers a bone. Eberle is seventh in NHL scoring, tied in points with Evgeni Malkin, only five points back of Claude Giroux and Henrik Sedin who lead the parade with 48. Pretty good company. In a season of ups and down for the Oilers, who started with a bang and now are leaving games with a whimper, he's travelled the smoothest road. Almost no bumps along the way. In the last 22 games, going back to the Oilers' 9-2 smackdown of the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 19, Eberle has points in 19 of those games. He was only blanked in Colorado (Nov. 26), Calgary (Dec. 3) and Long Island (New Year's Eve). He has 30 points in those 22 games, including 13 goals. He's got 28 even-strength points; same as Giroux and Daniel Sedin. He's got 24 points at home, but 19 on the road, pretty even. He has 13 multiple-point games; only Henrik, Malkin and Nick Backstrom have more at 14. Sophomore jinx? What's that? That's for other people. Not Eberle. He's already tied last year's 43 points that he rang up in 69 games. "Your second year is your biggest year in your development because nobody really knows what to expect in the first year. In the second teams start to key on you a little bit and you play against bigger defenceman," said Eberle.
Eberle has proven he's all-star material
Edmonton Journal | Jan 7