(Otherwise known as the epic (b)romance between Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall as well as some bonus!Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.)
If you don’t know who Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are, welcome. You’re in the right place to learn. And ship. Or else just think that I am incredibly creepy. Which I’m not. So much.
This is mostly a primer for Hallsy and Ebs, but I love Nugget enough that he’s in here too. Besides, they’re pretty much the best threesome in hockey so obviously, why would you not want Nuge in there too?
WARNING: This primer is picture heavy. I am not responsible for the crashing and/or breaking of anyone’s computers. You have been warned.
(Of course, the beautiful faces you will be seeing in this primer might also break your monitors. Once again, don’t blame me.)
See what I mean? You can’t just not ship them. That’s like, sacrilege to the Hockey Gods.
This is Jordan Eberle. He was the Edmonton Oilers’ first round draft pick in 2008, getting selected 22 overall. Out of thirty. Not too shabby, Ebs. Not too shabby.
But really, Ebs’ journey started way before the Oilers drafted him. Let us hop in our magical time machine known as Google Images and take a look, shall we?
Jordan Eberle started out his hockey career at 15 when he started playing for the Regina Pats. In his first full season as a rookie for the team during the 2006-2007 season he scored the team’s high of goals that season (28). Not bad for a rookie, eh?
Ebs later went on to play in the World Junior Hockey tournament, twice. He won a gold medal with Canada in 2009 and a silver in 2010.
Ebs was a pretty important player to Team Canada in 2009. He came third in scoring with 13 points and also scored the game-tying goal against Russia with 5.4 seconds left to send the Canadians into overtime in the semi-finals. They won and then went on to win the tourney. Awe yeah, Ebby!
In the 2010 tournament, Ebs played like he had been shot out of a cannon. As one of the assistant captains, Ebs was named player of the game twice, had a five-point game, and became Canada’s all-time leading goal scorer with 14 over the tournament. He finished off tied with the most goals of the tournament, second in points, and was voted as the Most Valuable Player and Top Forward. So yeah. Pretty sick.
Except, of course, how the Canadians ended up losing the gold-medal game.
Obviously it was a bit devastating, not just to Ebs, but to the nation as well. It ended Canada’s five-year streak of gold medals and definitely put a damper on Ebs’ accomplishment.
There is a silver lining to this whole story though, and that would be that in 2010, Jordan Eberle met Taylor Hall for the first time (or the first time on a really personal level at least) and became friends.
2010 also marked the year that Ebs started his career with the Edmonton Oilers. It would seem that Jordan and Taylor would be seeing each other a lot come the beginning of the NHL season.
Here is Taylor Hall, looking ridiculous as always. Ugh, just look at his face.
Taylor’s rookie season with the Windsor Spitfires began in the 2007-2008 season where, like Ebs, he scored the team-high of goals (45). He was also CHL Rookie of the Year.
As we all know, Hallsy and Ebs met during the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships. While he didn’t score the ridiculous amount of points that Ebs did during the tournament, Hallsy did end up scoring a hat-trick against Slovakia and he finished tied for third in overall scoring.
Later that year, Taylor Hall attended the NHL Draft where he was ranked second in North American skaters. As the draft lottery determined, Edmonton would be selecting first overall. And who did they pick? If you guessed Tyler Segiun, you’re wrong.
They picked Hallsy, of course.
As usual, there are some ridiculous pictures of Taylor Hall post-draft, but this primer isn’t about us making fun of how terrible Hallsy (and everyone, frankly) looks in their draft photos. But I bet you wish it were.
(But here’s one just because I can:
Because Ebs didn’t make the Oilers the year he was drafted, he was back at Rookie Camp with Hallsy. Of course, they knew each other from that year’s tournament and they were friends and it was all good. So good, in fact, that they both made the final rosters for the 2010-2011 seasons.
(There’s also a video of them on YouTube somewhere where they went bowling with the other rookies. Of course I can’t find it now, but it’s out there, somewhere!)
Right from the get-go, Hallsy and Ebs were mashed together along with fellow rookie Magnus Paajarvi to help kick-start the whole youth movement thing in Edmonton. They were going to be the future of the franchise, the revival, the new beginning for a shining dynasty that would bring the Cup back to Edmonton.
Edmonton’s still working on that whole movement thing, but whatever.
The start of the 2010-2011 NHL season saw Hallsy and Ebs kick start their careers. Here are a couple videos on what everyone thought of Taylor Hall, the 2010 Number One Draft pick, and his first NHL game ever.
In case you were wondering, the second video was a joke story TSN did. Just thought I’d clarify that.
At any rate, Ebby went on to have a great rookie season. He scored 43 points in 69 games (he missed thirteen games due to a high ankle sprain and an emergency appendectomy) and led the team in points. And that play that was featured in those videos up there? Yeah, that went on to be voted as Goal of The Year by NHL’s Facebook fans and was named Play of the Year on TSN’s website. Remember, kiddies, that was opening night. Opening night and Ebs already had the sickest goal of the year.
Hallsy and Ebs approve.
Anyway, Hallsy had a pretty decent rookie year too. He was first on the team for goals and scored his first NHL hat trick. He was second in the NHL Allstar Fastest Skater competition and he got himself into his first Gordie Howe hat trick (a goal, an assist, and a fight). Unfortunately for Hallsy, the fight in that Gordie Howe hat trick led to a season ending injury (high ankle sprain. Boyfriends who play together get the same injuries together).
The Oilers finished last in the league (again) that year and they were given another first overall pick in the draft. But before we move on from our 2010-2011 season, let’s take a look at some videos documenting our precious boyfriends, shall we?
(Of course Tay would get the best score. And can we also just appreciate Maggie’s expression in the grades portion of that video? Cute Swedish players straight to hell.)
(DO YOU HEAR BILLY JAFFE IN THIS VIDEO? “OH, SO LIKE A DATE NIGHT?” YES BILLY. EXACTLY LIKE A DATE NIGHT.)
This video here (I’m not even putting this in parentheses because this is big, guys) is the best video for any Hallsy/Ebs shipper ever because, well, they live together, dammit. And they lounge on that couch together, in their own spots, right next to each other. Do you see how big that couch is? It’s huge. And where do they choose to sit? Right next to each other. Granted, those spots are also right in front of their TV, but whatever. Don’t ruin the moment.
(Also how Ebs is like, “My mum bought those for us,” and then, “Yeah, my mum’s bringing the Christmas tree as well.” Lol, good job, Ebs. Still depending on your mum for everything.)
And here, have some boyfriend-y pictures from I have no idea what year (except if you see Ryan Nugent-Hopkins you know it’s from the 2011-2012 season.)
Can we take a time out for a second and just appreciate Gags’ face? Lol.
Damn, look at how happy those boys are in that gif. And you know why? Because we’re getting back on track with our primer and that means:
IT’S RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS TIME!
So yeah. In the off-season after Hallsy and Ebs’ rookie campaigns, Edmonton was back at the draft with the number one pick, which brings us to this guy:
This, ladies and gentlemen, is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, currently aged 19 and Edmonton’s choice of first round draft-pick.
Ryan played his junior career for the Red Deer Rebels (damn, that’s a mouthful). He was drafted first overall in the Western Hockey League bantam level draft and was the WHL Rookie of the Year.
Nuge obviously made a trend of that whole “First Overall” thing because as the number one skater not just for North America, but also overall, how could the Oilers not select him first?
(Who’s that lovely specimen holding up two fingers? That, ladies, is Gabe “The Babe” Landeskog. Remember what I said about Maggie? This is just another example of the beautiful things that Sweden sends our way. Damn. And he says he’s not photogenic.)
Also, because I spent a lot more time looking for photos of Nugget, I have a few of his draft photos. Not terribly embarrassing, but they’re probably not the best photos he’s ever posed for.
Okay, so this is actually probably one of my most favourite pictures of Ryan ever, but I had to throw it in. Look at how the light shines around his head! And his hands! And his little sort-of smile! Ugh.
Anyway, Ryan started his first NHL season last season (2011-2012) where he became the final missing piece to complete the mystery of not just the first line, but the powerplay as well. Edmonton had that powerplay shit locked down. But more on that a little later.
Our little Nugget scored his first NHL goal in his first game and went on to score his first hat trick two games later. That’s a record for rookies, you know. It’s also a new Oilers record for the earliest career hat trick in fewest career games. He later went on to notch five assists to become the first 18-year-old in NHL history to do so.
Unfortunately (as seems customary for Edmonton rookies), Nuge’s season was riddled with injuries. He was out for thirteen games with a shoulder injury, came back for two games, and then turned around and got himself another shoulder injury (same shoulder, different injury) that put him out for another seven games. He missed the NHL Allstar Game for that, sniff.
(Also, if anyone’s interested, Hallsy also had an injury this season. A really stupid one, in fact. Let us now observe:
This happened during the warm-up for a game against Columbus. You’re not required to wear a helmet in warm-up unless you’re a rookie. As a sophomore, Hallsy did not have his helmet on. What happened? Well, as he was skating, he stepped on a puck and slipped. As he went down, he took out Ladislav Smid and while they were sliding into the boards, Corey Potter came around the corner. Naturally, Corey tried to avoid the pile-up and while he was trying to step out of the way he stepped … on Tay’s face. Awkward. So let this be a lesson, children: ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET.)
Despite missing a grand total of twenty games that season, Nugget still tied Gabe The Babe for most points by a rookie, who played the entire season. Imagine if Nugget had been able to play the whole season too! He definitely would’ve won the Calder Memorial Trophy, which went to Gabe The Babe. Ugh.
The Oilers finished two points ahead of last place in the 2011-2012 season. However, Edmonton finished with the second best powerplay percentage in the entire league. SECOND BEST. They were second last and yet they still had a kickass powerplay. Can you guess three players on that powerplay? If you guessed numbers 4, 14, and 93, you are correct. The powerplay gave the fans of Edmonton a chance to see a future that was fast approaching them.
A FUTURE OF GREATNESS, Y’ALL. Just look at this top line.
And look at them in action, too!
This was pretty much the most satisfying win for the Oilers all year because they just decimated Chicago. If only every game were like that.
The Top Line (or Kid Line, whichever you prefer) are also hang out in their free time too. Here is a video that demonstrates that:
They’re acting is so terrible! Except for Cabbie but maybe that’s because I can’t tell whether he’s acting or not? Awkward. But look how cute everyone and the puppies are! Aweeee :D
And because Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the bonus in this primer, have a couple bonus!Nuge pictures (and one video).
Where were these pictures taken and why? When Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards (nominated for the Lady Byng award and the Calder Memorial Trophy respectively) in 2012, they got to do some pretty interesting things. One of those things was try out for Cirque du Soleil. Here is a video documenting their adventures there:
And just because I had a couple extra photos kicking around, here’s too pictures each of Hallsy and Ebs. Thanks for taking the time to learn about how awesome these boys are. Now let’s all pray that the NHL pulls their shit together and that we have a season so we can watch them on the ice!