With all the talk centering around the Oilers’ drafting either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin first overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Jordan Eberle has kind of fallen off the radar of late.
Well it’s time to switch topic, Oiler fans, and talk about the real deal – the young Mr. Eberle is the real deal – and potentially the impact player this team has needed for some time.
The 50-goal junior from Regina captured another coveted honour yesterday, after being named the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Year, during a ceremony held at the 2010 Memorial Cup Championship in Brandon, Manitoba.
The young Canadian Junior hockey team phenom, currently sewing his oats with Team Canada at the Worlds in Germany, is destined to wear copper and blue as early as next season.
This kid’s star continues to rise. Members of Oilers Nation, a fan base weened on legends like Gretzky, Messier, Kurri and Fuhr are starving for a taste of excitement, of the play-off successes the city became accustomed to year after year.
Eberle is the closest this franchise has come in sometime to boasting a player with such rare offensive flash and finish.
When he’s around the net, the puck seems to find him -and the back of the net – with great consistency.
True enough, the recipe for success in a league with such parody, cannot be simply defined by offensive flare alone, but rather chemistry in goal, along the blue line and on special teams is also essential.
The Oiler faithful, however, are beginning to hypothesize, and rightfully so, that they’re beloved hockey team could be on the precipice of building something remarkable once again.
The only difference being this time the “Boys on the Bus” will be the “Boys still waiting for the Bus” with youngsters such as Eberle, Hall or Seguin, Gagne, Cogliano and Dubnyk bursting with potential.
True enough, potential is an intangible found only on paper, but without a doubt, the future indeed does look bright for the Edmonton Oilers.
In the meantime, keep your chins up and your sticks down Oiler fans.
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Written by Scott Pattison
Scott is an award-winning sports writer whose career spans more than 20 years. He's proudly covered the Oilers since moving to the Alberta capital in 2000.