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10-30-2013, 03:48 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Eberle is a very skilled player BUT his level of effectiveness is pretty much a direct result of who he is playing with. He'll have the odd game here and there where he looks impressive on his own, but these are only against teams that don't body up on him in the offensive zone. When it comes to playing against physical opponents he has NO answer and seemingly vanishes on the ice. He needs someone like Hall or Perron to drive the play for him on most nights.
He is very skilled, but needs to be "riding shotgun" to be regularly effective, make him the go-to player on the line and he WILL struggle.
I'm also less than enthused that he seems to slowly be developing a sort of tunnel vision in the offensive zone; I haven't seen him making the wicked passes he did in his 76 point season.
IMO: Hall, RNH and Yakupov will all end up being more complete players and rely less on having a super-skilled linemate than Eberle does. Find a willing trade partner and swap Eberle and whatever picks and prospects (except Nurse) necessary to get that #1/2 defenseman Mac T.
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