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Edmonton names Eberle, Hall alternate captains

Jan 15, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

Eberle Hall

The Edmonton Oilers are going with a youth movement in their leadership group.

On Tuesday, head coach Ralph Krueger announced Jordan Eberle would assume full-time alternate captain duties while Taylor Hall would share the “A” with defenseman Nick Schultz.

“We feel it’s a good time for Taylor and Jordan to step up,” Krueger said. “It’s the passion they bring to the game, to our team and the city of Edmonton.”

Eberle, Hall and Schultz will replace Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky as Edmonton’s alternates. Shawn Horcoff will remain team captain.

“It’s exciting news, and it’s an honor to be a captain, but we have a lot of leadership in this room,” Eberle told the Oilers website.

The 22-year-old Eberle is headed into his third season with the Oilers and coming off a career year in 2011-12. He posted a team-high 76 points and finished tied for 15th in the league in goals, with 34.

Hall, 21, is also headed into his third season with Edmonton. He signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Oilers prior to the lockout and racked up 35 points in 26 games while playing for AHL Oklahoma City during the work stoppage.

“It’s a true honor to wear a letter for the Oilers,” Hall said. “There have been so many great captains in the history of this team.”

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    The baby Oilers are growing up. Love it! I hope they make the playoffs this year.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Should be a fun year for the Oil Can,they sure got off to a hot start last season as did the Leafs. It is good to see hockey “resurrected” in Edmonton and at PHT.

  2. jaredphi - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    EDM will be in the playoffs very soon, even if they don’t make it this season.

    A promising team chock full of decent young talent.

    Being a Flyers fan in the East, I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch some EDM games on the telly here (10 PM start times can make it a bit hard for us on the East Coast). Seems like the club will be a thrill to watch this season – hopefully I can see it firsthand for myself…

  3. nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I love this. The Oilers are so much fun to watch. After boosting their D it seems like they’re much more balanced and poised for great years ahead.

  4. jdavhill - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Reblogged this on The Sports Report.

  5. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Two great c young players. Well deserved.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    I’m very excited to see how Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, and Schultz coexist this season. It’d be cool to see them make the playoffs. With everyone saying the young teams will have an advantage during the shortened season I’m interested to see if the Oilers can cause Vancouver some problems in their quest to win another division title. If all goes as planned the Oilers could have a similar trajectory to the Pens. Goaltending and the D might hinder them.

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