The star of Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Jordan Eberle continues to rise.
Eberle was named the 2009-10 WHL Player of the Year and recipient of the Four Broncos Memorial trophy, yesterday during the Western Hockey League’s annual awards banquet held in the City of Champions.
Eberle was also a unanimous pick as a 1st team Eastern Conference All-Star, the second time in his career he was named an All-Star. The native of Regina, Sask., was also recently named as a reserve to Team Canada, which is preparing to compete in the upcoming World Hockey Championship in Germany.
Eberle, the Oilers first round draft choice (22nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, scored 106 points (50-56) in only 57 regular-season games for his hometown Regina Pats squad, finishing second in WHL scoring, one point behind Calgary’s Brandon Kozun.
Barring the unexpected, Eberle should get his shot at making the Oilers’ lineup during this year’s training camp, if he does due diligence on his off-season training program and gains some weight. Currently at 5’11”, 184lb, the forward’s number-one priority this off-season must be to pack on some weight and muscle, in preparation for the NHL’s 82-game regular-season grind.
With yesterday’s honour, Eberle now becomes the WHL’s nominee for the CHL’s player of the year, scheduled to be announced at the Canadian Hockey League Awards banquet, May 22, in Brandon, Manitoba, during the Memorial Cup.
During his exciting four-year WHL career, Eberle compiled a remarkable 310 points (155-155).
Without question, the NHL is a different show than junior. Nonetheless, this Prairie boy has demonstrated unparalleled skill and desire to win, elements that suggest this player has all the makings of a successful pro.
With a little luck, Jordan will see some action at the 2010 Worlds, providing further maturation for an Oilers’ prospect whose star continues to shine brightly.
Eberle on a line with either Cogliano or Gagne, who also sees time on the PP alongside Penner and/or Hemsky…the sky is the limit for this young man.
In the meantime, keep your chins up and our sticks down Oiler fans!
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Written by Scott Pattison
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