Eberle was sent to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ryan Strome on Thursday. "I think I've shown in the past that I can score in this league and I've had previous chemistry with John", said Eberle, who scored 20 goals and 51 points for the Oilers this past season.
In Eberle, the Islanders are getting a player who was originally drafted by the Oilers with the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Eberle has been a mainstay in the Oilers' lineup since the 2010-11 season.
Strome is a 23-year-old who was the fifth pick in the 2012 Draft and has been mostly disappointing since, save for a 50-point season in 2014-2015.
To go with the 213 blocked shots he put up over 68 regular-season games in 2016-17, he was good for a goal and 13 points. But he had just two assists in 13 playoff games this spring and was panned by fans and critics for his lacklustre play. Look for the 27-year-old Eberle to slot into a first-line role, which figures to increase his fantasy production this year. It costs them to do it, but Eberle fills a need and the investment is reasonable considering that he is likely to have better percentages next year.
"For me right now, I'm definitely excited to be a New York Islander". Strome has a $2.5m cap hit for the 2017-18 season.
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With the Islanders, though, Eberle at least has an opportunity to bounce back in a big way because he should get a chance to play with John Tavares on the top line. "He brings speed and a knack for scoring not only consistently, but scoring big goals, in big games".
The full schedule for the next season of Edmonton Oilers hockey has been released and the players are going to have to wait a bit to see the NHL's newest team.
As much as landing Strome made the deal work, though, the trade was also about cap space for Edmonton.
Eberle instantly becomes the highest paid forward for NY as he brings his $6 million cap hit.
However, if the Oilers want to slide Leon Draisaitl to McDavid's wing, as they did frequently last season, then Strome could slide to the middle of the ice because while he's played more wing through his first four seasons, Strome has worked at centre too.