NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Islanders have made their first big move of the offseason, acquiring forward Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Ryan Strome, the team announced Thursday.
“I’m excited,” Eberle said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. “The Islanders are a tough team to play against and have a lot of potential. I’m excited to be part of that.”
In his seven seasons in Edmonton, Eberle, 27, registered 60 or more points three times, although his production has dipped the past two years. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Canadian had 20 goals in 31 assists (51 points). The goals total was his lowest since the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
In 2015-16, Eberle finished with 25 goals and 22 assists. The 47 points were his lowest since his rookie season.
Eberle, who was an All-Star in 2012, has two more seasons remaining on his contract and will count $6 million a year against the salary cap. The Islanders are clearly hoping he returns to his old form and becomes a lethal complement for center John Tavares.
“John Tavares is a generational player. I’m excited for the opportunity to play with him and hopefully bring success to the Islanders,” Eberle said.
Said general manager Garth Snow in a statement: “We’re excited to add a proven offensive weapon like Jordan to our lineup. He brings speed and a knack for scoring not only consistently, but scoring big goals, in big games. Jordan brings leadership and experience into our room, qualities that will continue to help us build towards our goals of being a consistent playoff contender and winning the Stanley Cup.”
The Islanders selected Strome with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft. After a 50-point season in his second year in New York (17 goals, 33 assists), he only managed 28 and 30 points in the two seasons since.
Strome, who turns 24 next month, is entering the final year of his contract and is set to count $2.5 million against the salary cap. He will become a restricted free agent next summer.