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10-02-2013, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Eberle is shy of physical contact and already playing like a shadow of what he did in 11-12. Clearly more of a peripheral game now. I think that will be the best year of his career and a fair amount of people in the blogoshphere hold this opinion of the player.

I think he won't stand up well to heavy traffic and constant damage. Just yesterday I was looking at him getting tossed in the boards continually and him picking himself back up. Wear already starting to show and it was most of last season. What was most striking last year, and last night, is how little resistance Eberle can offer in puck battles. He's beat as soon as theres a scrum.

Its not completely unfair to say how Eberle would react in a tough playoff series. He disappears against any team playing a unified system and physical game and which happened even at AHL level. Some teams were just shutting him down. This happened again just last Friday.

He's real good though at making hay against weaker efforts. I'll give him that. But a guy like that its questionable if he's ever there in the intense playoff games.
We'll see. The argument is pointless either way. Regardless of whether you like Eberle or not it has no basis on Ryan Smyth now. How Ryan Smyth battled against Darian Hatcher has no basis on him now.

I love Ryan Smyth. My favourite Oiler for years. I still rock his jersey to Oiler games. But the guy is a shadow of his former self. His past contributions don't matter anymore.

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