Doug Weight never minced words as a player and hasn’t changed during his first full season as the New York Islanders’ coach. His assessment of Jordan Eberle, a pivotal off-season acquisition, is dead-on. “Jordan was coming from a situation where, not blaming the Oilers, but he was in a beaten-down, lack-of-confidence situation,” Weight said. “I wanted to get him in here and let him know how we felt about him.” Weight feels rather positive about Eberle these days. The 27-year-old right wing has eight goals over the past 12 games. The Isles swept a home-and-home series with Flyers this week, finishing off a Black Friday matinee with a 5-4 overtime victory. Eberle’s third period power-play goal ignited a two-goal comeback. “Not a lot of people can put the puck where Ebs did,” Weight remarked of the forward’s strong move off the boards, then tucking the puck inside the post on goalie Brian Elliott. The 27-year-old from Regina, Sask., seems reborn as an Islander with 16 points in 22 games. Truth is, Eberle’s past six seasons (throw out lockout-shortened 2012-13) were remarkably consistent from an offensive standpoint: Twenty-plus goals and 60 points every year, albeit, he was a minus player (-48) as an Oiler.
Eberle regaining his confidence during renaissance with Islanders
Sportsnet | Nov 25