Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Tavares has his wingman as Islanders land Eberle from Oilers


On the same day the Vegas Golden Knights shipped expansion draft pick and former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Carolina Hurricanes for yet another future draft pick, the Edmonton Oilers got in on the wheeling and dealing as well, trading Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders for forward Ryan Strome. Over the course of his career, Eberle has been as consistent as goal scorers come, putting up 20 goals in all but two of his seven seasons - he narrowly missed the mark in his rookie campaign and in the lockout-shortened season - and he's a near lock to put up at least 50 points.

Eberle goes from a team that had Connor McDavid, the 2017 Hart Trophy victor, to Tavares, the first overall pick in 2009, an Olympian, and a player with two 80-plus point seasons under his belt. The fifth-overall draft pick from 2011 hasn't yet panned out to be what many thought he could, but he's still very young and has the potential to break out with a change of scenery in Edmonton. He showed remarkable promise in his second season when he notched 34 goals and 76 points in 78 games, but hasn't been able to sustain that level of production.

He could be playing with friend John Tavares on the No. 1 line with Islanders.

The New York Islanders are feeling some pressure to improve immediately, so they were ready and willing to take on that salary.

Eberle had never been traded before - he spent his entire junior hockey career with the Regina Pats before joining the Oilers.

The Edmonton Oilers will open their season at Rogers Place when they host the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta on Wednesday, October 4.

Signed at a cap hit of $2.5-million, Strome will be a restricted free agent after next season.

Eberle has two years left on his contract at $6 million per.

Beginning July 1, Snow can begin negotiations on a long-term contract extension with Tavares, hoping to prevent one of the best players in franchise history from departing following next season.

Ryan Strome will look to get his career back on track in Edmonton.

The move frees up cap space for the Oilers, who have some big-money signings coming up.

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