Eberle and RNH
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03-24-2013, 04:29 PM
Now with 9% more zen
Join Date: Apr 2005
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If you think that Eberle "just isn't that good" then you haven't watched him outside of this season. He has a broken finger, was targeted heavy in OKC (as were all of our kids), and may have been nursing injuries to start the season. This is clearly not a healthy Eberle so you can laugh at the unsustainable crowd all that you want, but when he's healthy again he will not be an average shooter no matter how much "the stats crowd" thinks that he will.
Eberle will have some trouble getting to the areas he needs to score goals and plays a smaller game, and more limited game, than Gagner. Eberle has always been suspect and somewhat indifferent to all zone play and his contract right now is looking like an overpay. I wouldn't have done it with this player either.
This is what a player looks like after the league has made a checking and coverage "correction". In short this is Eberle after the big success when he had nothing but offensive zone starts, and not as much scouting reports and focus on him.
Eberle's a good offensive player and should always be swinging for good pt totals which makes him solid in that regard. But when he's not doing that and not very good in NZ or own zone he's a problem.
He better get better. It would be tough to see him getting paid 6M to do this.
Eberle needs to hit the offseason hard and really improve his game.
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