19-year-old has good showing at rookie camp
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Jordan Eberle of the Moose Jaw Warriors tries to deflect a shot past Eric Comrie, goaltender of the Tri-City Americans during Western Hockey League action on last season at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Montreal Canadiens took a chance on Tanner Eberle.
Eberle, a forward with the Moose Jaw Warriors, recently just got back from the Canadiens rookie camp. Unfortunately, he did not receive an invite to head to the Canadiens’ main camp, opening this week.
“It was a lot of fun and it was a good experience. I thought I played really good there, so it was good,” said Eberle. “It was unbelievable. A lot of the guys there were 24 or 25 years old. I was one of the youngest guys, so I thought I played well and competed. That’s all I can be proud of right now.”
Eberle has been passed over twice in the National Hockey League draft, but getting an invite to an NHL camp was a big deal for him. He brought his signature style of play — physical and fast — to camp.
“They said they really liked the way I played and that I competed well. I finished a lot of checks and I just happened to get on the scoring sheet too a few times,” Eberle said. “They were proud of me and just said that all the spots were full for main camp, so I can’t really do much about that.
“I was one of the very few guys that was actually hitting and mixing it up and I think they liked that. I mean, they seem to draft a lot of skilled guys, so they liked to see a guy like me come through the system sometimes.”
The majority of players that attended the rookie camp were Montreal draftees or acquired via trade. They explained to Eberle that there just wasn’t enough room for a listed player.
“I was pretty disappointed I didn’t get to go to that next step, but I am only 19 and I got a lot of time to prove myself,” he said. “So, just going to the camp was a big boost for me and I am pretty happy to start the season.”
Now the focus has switched for Eberle as he gears up for his third full season with the Warriors. This will be an important year for him, as he can still be selected in the next NHL Draft and will be a leader for the Warriors as well.
“I am just going to try and be a leader here for these younger guys and try to set the tone for the season,” he stated. “I have a full season ahead of me, so we will see what happens when draft time comes.”
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