Jordan Eberle cemented the fact that he was going to be someone to watch in the NHL in his first game for the Edmonton Oilers with one of the best first-career goals of recent memory.
This display of sublime skill was nothing new for Oilers fans, who were already salivating for the young Regina native to make his debut in an Oilers uniform after displaying clutch performances for the Canadian World Junior squad.
Eberle's heroics and clutch performances were mere windows into the potential that the gifted playmaker possesses.
This clutch ability and poise on the ice is something that should easily translate into a positive locker room presence.
The NHL has already seen an increasing number of teams naming young captains; once Shawn Horcoff's stint as captain is over for the Oilers, Eberle should be among one of the top candidates going forward.
Eberle is a new breed of NHL player who is allowed to thrive in the today's NHL thanks to the evolution of the game.
Though he is small in stature, his adept playmaking abilities and vision is something that will allow him to thrive in the NHL.
Gone are the days when players had to be a certain height and weight, as smaller players such as Eberle help to dispel this preconceived notion.
Eberle should open the doors for future NHLers who may not have got a decent look due to a lack of size.