The face of the Oiler’s franchise was extended on Wednesday, signing a seven-year, 42 million dollar extension that will keep the 20 year old in Edmonton for the better part of the next decade. Even though he played in only 61 games last season (he missed 21 due to a face laceration and shoulder injury), Hall was still able to register 53 points on 27 goals and 26 assists, along with a solid +/- of -3 for a team that had the second-worst record in the NHL.
With this extension, it ensures that both Hall and Rookie of the Year Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (and hopefully Jordan Eberle), will be fixtures on an up and coming Oilers team. Clearly, he was not hesitant about staying in Edmonton for the long haul –
“When they said seven years I didn’t blink,” the 20-year-old Hall said. “I’m comfortable being here for that long. I think by that time … I hope we’re a perennial threat. That’s my main goal and my mindset when I signed the deal.
Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, and Russian Nail Yakupov have been the past three first overall picks selected by Edmonton, all of whom are forwards. Hopefully, by the time this contract has run its course, the Oilers will have come out of the rebuilding phase with a team that is filled with high-profile scorers and a solid back-end.