(EDMONTON, Alberta) — The Edmonton Oilers have rewarded forward Taylor Hall with a seven-year contract worth $42 million.
The 20-year old Hall was drafted by the Oilers first overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. Hall has spent the majority of his professional career with the Oilers, and he’s given them every reason to be satisfied with his performance. Hall put up 42 points in his rookie season, and last season he tallied 53 points.
“When they said seven years I didn’t blink,” Hall said when asked about his deal. “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’s new deal makes him the highest paid player on the Oilers at $6 million per year. He is part of a bright young nucleus that includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Nail Yakupov.
This past season, the Oilers finished with the second-worst record in the NHL after going 32-40-10. They haven’t made the playoffs since the 2005-206 season.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN