Oiler country has waited for some time now, but the future seems to finally be here. On Tuesday, head coach Ralph Krueger announced that 22-year-old Jordan Eberle and 21-year-old Taylor Hall would be named alternate captains in Edmonton for the 2013 season.
Eberle and Hall replace former alternate captains Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky. Eberle is going to be assuming full-time alternate captain duties while Hall is going to share his ‘A’ with defenseman Nick Shultz.
“We feel it’s a good time for Taylor and Jordan to step up,” Krueger said of the promotion. “It’s the passion they bring to the game, to our team and the city of Edmonton.”
Hall is heading into his third season with the Oilers and recently inked a massive seven-year, $42 million extension to stay in his home province. Despite being a year older than Hall, Eberle is entering his fifth season since being drafted 22nd overall by Edmonton back in 2008. Both players are considered to be cornerstones of the franchise moving forward, however current captain Shawn Horcoff is expected to hang onto his captain status for the shortened season.
Horcuff himself is a lifelong Oiler, coming to the team in the 1998 Entry Draft and staying with Edmonton through the good times and the bad. At 34 years old, it’s not known how much Horcoff has left in the tank, but with the promotion of Eberle and Hall to alternate captain status, the transition from the old regime to the new is expected to be even smoother than already anticipated.