Monday, March 23, 2009

Oilers Sign Eberle

The Oilers announced today that they have given Jordan Eberle a new entry-level deal, which will now add another good young forward to the fold. Eberle has played a big role in Regina for the WHL Pats over the past three seasons and was also instrumental in Team Canada's success at the World Juniors this past winter. His size and abilities falls in line with a lot of the other young talent that is already in the Oilers system and on their current roster, so theoretically, he should fit in right away.

The only question that I have right now with Edmonton in this situation is, 'how fast do they want him into their line-up?' Since Eberle is somewhat under-sized in stature, it may still be two years before he makes a full-time roster spot. He may be best served to increase his size with another year in the WHL and possibly a year in the AHL to get up to speed.

He does bring a lot of upside to the table, so he should be on your watch list of players for your hockey pools, but I'm not going to fast-track him just yet.

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