Jordan Eberle Named NHLPA Player of the Week

NHLPAContributor IIIJanuary 25, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 31:  Jordan Eberle #14 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Oilers 4-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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While 2011-12 has become another long one for the fans of the Edmonton Oilers as the club works to get itself back into contender status, the Oilers faithful can take solace in the fact that with the talented youth the team is stockpiling, good times can’t be far off in the Alberta capital.

With this youth movement in full swing, one of the players who immediately jumps off the screen and score sheet on most nights for the Oilers is Jordan Eberle.

He is without a doubt one of the most dynamic young players in the game today, and he has transitioned from a junior star to a bona fide elite level NHL player in a very short amount of time.

With players like Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins joining him as the youthful future of the Oilers club, the young core in Edmonton could be as strong as any in the league. Eberle in particular is a perfect fit in Oil-town, as he is not only a highly skilled player but also hails from Western Canada and will be someone that young Oilers fans can look up to and identify with.

His first two seasons have produced some highlight-reel worthy plays and an overall understanding that Jordan is a threat anytime he is on the ice. He makes the players around him better as well.

Following a recent return from injury, Jordan is picking up where he left off with his play, producing at a point-per-game clip and leading the Oilers in scoring. There is no doubt that Jordan is well on his way to a stellar season and, Oilers fans hope, a strong and storied career in Edmonton. 
  • Two points in the past two games, after returning from a minor injury.
  • Leading the Oilers in scoring with 45 points in 44 games
  • Named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game this week in his second full season in the NHL.
  • A key member of the Oilers youth movement, a group that includes the past two No. 1 overall draft picks in Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
  • Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 15, 1990.
  • Played his minor league hockey in Regina and Calgary and also attended the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, where current NHLPA members like Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards once studied and played.
  • Drafted by and starred in the junior ranks with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.
  • Played on back-to-back Canadian entries in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in 2009 and 2010, capturing a gold and silver medal, respectively.
  • Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, 22nd overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Played his first NHL game on October 7, 2010 against the Calgary Flames.

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