Seattle Kraken forward Jordan Eberle will be the team’s first-ever representative at the NHL All-Star Game.
The NHL has released its rosters for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, with Jordan Eberle selected to represent the Kraken. This is the forward’s second career All-Star selection, and he becomes the first member of the Kraken to be named an all-star. Eberle leads Seattle with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 36 games this season. He is tied for second on the team with 3 power-play goals and 7 power-play points, while his minus-17 rating ties him for worst on the team and sixth-worst league-wide.
Eberle’s other all-star selection came in his second NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers; he finished that campaign with 34 goals and 76 points in 78 games. He was able to top 60 points twice more with Edmonton, but never returned to the all-star game. In four seasons with the New York Islanders, Eberle never reached 60 points and recorded 40 or fewer points in three of those four campaigns. He finished his tenure with New York with just one 20-goal season after accomplishing the feat five times in seven seasons in Edmonton.
Eberle has been one of the few bright spots on the inaugural Kraken team; he is on pace for his first 25-goal, 50-point season since the 2017-18 season, his first with the Islanders.
All-Star Game Format
Many aspects of the all-star game have changed since Eberle’s last selection. In advance of the 2016 All-Star Game, the NHL changed its format to adapt a 3-on-3 tournament-style event. The new rules also introduced four teams, one for each division, where each NHL team was to have one representative.
In the past, struggling teams might not have had an all-star, but now even the league’s worst teams have one. Under the league’s old format, a Kraken player may not have made the all-star team, especially in a loaded Western Conference. The team’s leading scorer has just 24 points, but Eberle is a fine representative for a team that struggled in 2021.