Warriors winger headed to camp with Canadiens
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Tanner Eberle from the Moose Jaw Warriors drops Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Cody Corbett in a fight from the 2012-13 season.
In the span of a week disappointment turned into opportunity for Tanner Eberle.
The 19-year-old Moose Jaw Warriors will leave for the Montreal Canadiens prospects camp from Sept. 5-9. The camp will feature mostly Canadiens draft picks with a few free agent invites like Eberle.
“I was pretty excited,” said the 5-10 left winger. “This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. I’ve kind of stuck in the shadows until I got my chance and hopefully I can break out.
“Getting to go to a camp is a big deal for me and that’s something I’ve wanted to do since I got to the WHL.”
Eberle has been passed over twice in the NHL draft and got word from his agent two weeks ago that he was going to be passed over for a camp invite.
“My agent called me and he told me that there were some teams that liked me, but they wanted me to have a better season point-wise. Then he called me a week later and said that Montreal wanted me to come to camp,” said Eberle. “I got the ‘doubt’ call and then they called me right back to pump me back up.”
Eberle scored 15 goals and had 36 points in 65 games. He added 77 penalty minutes and turned some heads with a couple of decisive fight wins against larger foes.
Though his offensive numbers increased, Eberle rambunctious, physical style earned him the most notice. Despite his lack of size, Eberle’s speed and ability to hit have made him an effective two-way player.
“I’m really excited to go to camp. I’ll be laying a lot body and being the troublemaker out there,” said Eberle.