The only reason Eberle isn't on a plane right now, is contract negotiations. However I've been told getting a deal done shouldn't be a problem. I exchanged messages with Eberle today, and he's pumped about getting a shot at pro hockey, telling me "he gets to keep playing." It's a good sign of a motivated player, who could just put his feet up after a terrific season and wait for training camp in the fall, but wants to keep improving. Eberle will be heading to Springfield red hot with 7 points in his final four games, including a hat trick on a team that had nothing to play for.
I'm sure the Oilers would also like to get 2007 first round pick Riley Nash in a Falcons jersey before the end of the season as well, but Cornell could still qualify for the NCAA tournament. As I've written before I see no point in Nash returning for his 3rd season with the Big Red, and like Cody Wild did last year, should finish the season in the AHL, should Cornell fail to qualify for the big dance.