New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle was set to hit the open market at 29-years old this offseason, but the Islanders quickly jumped on making sure that he didn’t go anywhere by inking him to a new five-year deal worth $27.5 million. This deal will also include a full no-trade clause in the first two seasons and a 16-team no-trade clause for the last three seasons of the deal. He will also receive a $2 million singing bonus this season, making it a $5.5 million cap hit each year of the deal.
Since being traded from the Oilers to the Islanders, Eberle stayed pretty consistent with his career averages in his first season, putting up 59 points, but this season he did see a drop-off in his production, dropping to 37 points and he also went from being a +5 to a -6.
To be fair he did attempt 23 less shots on goal this season as a result of playing three less games, but in most metrics his offensive numbers and value was drastically down. He went from 4.9 point shares in his first season in New York to 2.1.
Defensively he was exactly where he’s been with 1.3 defensive point shares. His drop in offensive production led him to from 6.3 to 3.4 in point shares.
This season was however an outlier from the rest of Eberle’s career so I would expect him to have a bounce back season this next season and that’s why I think this is a good contract.
Eberle was also really good in the playoffs in the Islanders run to the second round, racking up nine points in just those eight playoff games and he was a +4 during that time and he made 16% of his shots on goal, which was up from his 11.9% during the regular season.
At only 29 and with him having this type of security, expect Eberle to have a bounce back season this season and for the Islanders to be very glad they locked him up.
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