Over the last several days, the NHL’s northernmost team has made a deep investment in their future. Last week, the Oilers extended former first overall pick Taylor Hall to a 7 year extension, despite the fact that he hasn’t performed quite to the level one might expect from a first overall draft choice.
Thursday, the Oilers doubled down on their future, inking Jordan Eberle to a 6 year deal. The 2008 first round choice has proven himself a bit more than Hall, scoring 34 goals last season to Hall’s 27. This is a good sign for Edmonton’s fans. They can now see that the Oilers have a plan, and they are willing to stick to it, even if it costs some cash.
The Oilers are probably on the cusp of becoming a playoff staple again. Along with Eberle and Hall, they can rely on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner to develop. They added Nail Yakupov in the draft this year and Justin Schultz via free agency. Many people would say that Edmonton is building their team the right way. People in Edmonton will agree if Eberle and Hall can earn their contract.