Jordan Eberle returned home after his fourth consecutive appearance at the World Championships, and for the fourth straight year team Canada failed to advance past the quarter finals. Eberle was on my radio show on Wednesday and we discu...
Jordan Eberle returned home after his fourth consecutive appearance at the World Championships, and for the fourth straight year team Canada failed to advance past the quarter finals. Eberle was on my radio show on Wednesday and we discussed the Worlds, Lindy Ruff, golf, shooting commercials and what areas the Oilers must improve in, if they hope to become a playoff team.Jason Gregor: What happened at the World Championships this year?Jordan Eberle: It’s seems like it has been the same thing every year. It seems like we play fairly well to get to the quarters, but then we can’t get it done in the playoffs. This year we came across a team that plays very well in Sweden. It seems as though every country does such a good job of developing players now, and every team can beat everyone. We didn’t bring our ‘A’ game against Slovenia and they took us to overtime. But it was just so frustrating that we played fairly well and the dumbest thing about the IIHF is that you go into a shootout at the end of a game, it doesn’t end in overtime like it should. I know that everyone knows that once you get to a shootout, anything can happen.
So it’s frustrating and it’s the fourth year not getting out of the quarter finals, it was miserable.
JG: Give me your thoughts on Lindy Ruff as a coach?
JE: He’s a good coach. He’s a very smart guy. Obviously he’s very well known throughout the NHL. I enjoyed playing for him. As the tournament went on he kept giving me more opportunity and more opportunity. I think that he liked the way that I was playing. It was a good thing for me and I know that he’ll get a job in the NHL somewhere, he’s just that good.
JG: You and Taylor Hall didn’t get a ton of power play opportunities, which is obviously what you’re used to and where you guys really flourish. Was it a little frustrating to not get on the PP or do you understand it when you are on a team that good?
JE: You have to take it for what it is. The best team Canada teams that I’ve played for are the ones where guys accept a role and play their best. Let’s be honest, all of the players there play on the power play on their respective teams. When you get there, not everyone’s going to be able to do that. So you just accept the role that you have and try to earn it.
I think that the way that both of us played, later on we started to actually get the power play time. So that’s always a good thing, and it’s just a shame that we had to lose that way.
JG: When you’re at the World Championships and you see a guy like Steven Stamkos, who’s a pure shooter, kind of similar to your game, can you take things away from his game and try to incorporate them into your game next year?
JE: Yeah for sure. Watching him, he has the best shot that I’ve seen in the NHL by far. What makes his shot so much different than mine is that he just shoots the puck so hard, and I think that comes with just working at it and working at it.
JG: Did you talk to him about his shot, or other guys about it, or did you just observe how he works on it?
JE: Yeah they do. For me it’s just more of a watching thing. You don’t want to ask them, I’d be a little embarrassed playing against him, but I watch and see what he’s doing. I think that the biggest thing with him is that he’s got such a great one timer, and how hard his shot is. It’s definitely something that you try to imitate. JG: I just saw your Coke commercial for the first time this week, how many hours did it take to shoot?JE: It took about 6 or 7 hours to do that, it was quite a long one.
JG: If you had to rank your performances, how would you compare that to your ATB commercials?
JE: (Laughs) Well, they are a little different. I mean when I saw the script for the ATB ones they were fairly easy because I’m not saying anything. In this one it’s a little more difficult because I had actual lines.
Overall I think I did OK for having zero acting experience. But it was fun to do, sometimes it’s nice to get outside of your wheelhouse year round