New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle has a certain game circled on his calendar and it’s against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers.
“If anything, you want to beat them,” said Eberle who was traded to the Isles for forward Ryan Strome.
Eberle, 27, was the Oilers’ first-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft and posted 5 20-goal seasons during his tenure with the team.
“If anything, you want to beat them,” said Eberle.
“It’s a team that didn’t want you, so you want to bring your best, play your best and get your teammates going so they can try and help you out for a win. I think that’s the biggest thing. Anytime you have friends on an old team, you compete a little bit harder.”
Eberle has had a decent run with the Isles thus far.
“It’s figuring out the system, figuring out the style of game that we want to play,” Eberle said on the transition to his new team.
“That all comes with time. It’s nice to score. I think you get chances, you want to put them in. It starts to frustrate you a bit, but now they’re going in. You want to just keep riding it and keep doing the things that got you to that point.”
New York coach Doug Weight believes it’s just a matter of time before Eberle gets settled in completely.
“He’s a guy that we watch a lot of with,” Weight said.
“You’ve been in an organization for seven or eight years, I wasn’t in those tunnels. We stay on him in a positive manner and support him and try to get him out there in places to succeed.
“He’s a heck of a player. It’s always good to see him get on the board and contribute. I think he’s going to get better and better for our team and be more comfortable. I learn more about him every game. It’s definitely good to see him score.”