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BLOG: Eberle takes ownership of scoring drought

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

Jordan Eberle sees himself as a goal scorer. While the winger joined the 20-goal club for the fourth-straight season, his production in the post-season was not where he wanted it to be.

Eberle went without a goal in the playoffs, while chipping in just two assists in 13 games.

"That's the thing that really stings," said Eberle. "You take this long to get to the playoffs and you don't perform and play to your standards, that's what hurts but I think the biggest thing is we got there, got experience and we'll be back and better."

Eberle says his scoring drought had more to do with lack of confidence than anything physical.

"The chances were there, you've just got to capitalize," he said. "It goes back to that confidence issue and goes back to feeling good and putting the puck in the net. Obviously, in the off-season you always focus on things. This one will be the same, but coming back I'll be better."

Eberle says when the goals weren't coming he put more emphasis on his defensive game and he even tried to increase his physicality in the playoffs to help the team.

"I like to think of myself as a goal scorer so if that's not happening you've got to be able to do something. I tried to be more physical in the playoffs and play with a little more edge, but ultimately you want to score and put the puck in the net. If we do that, especially our line, in the last series I think we have a better chance of winning. Obviously, that's ownership on myself and it stings going into the summer but it's something to build on."

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