|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM|
Despite the looming NHL lockout, Edmonton Oilers fans have to be pumped up about how their organization is going about the to-do list this off-season. Most recently, the franchise inked their leading-scorer, Jordan Eberle to a six-year, $36 million extension. Eberle racked up 76 points in his sophomore season, in the National Hockey League, goals, (34) assists, (42). These numbers earned Jordan Eberle a trip to the NHL All-Star game a first for him.
If you have the pleasure of watching Eberle on a nightly basis as I do, you know the sky is the limit for this kid.
"Obviously I'm pretty excited," Eberle said on a conference call Thursday. "With Taylor getting his done last week, I was pretty anxious. I'm happy to be an Oiler ... and I think with the direction the team's going it's pretty obvious that there's a lot of excitement level around Edmonton and throughout our locker room.
Edmonton as an organization is finally spending money on players that are deserving and exciting to watch. Completing deals like this one proves to me that my hometown team is indeed interested in winning. That has not always been the case...
In just the few short months that make up the off-season, the Edmonton Oilers have solidified every position on the hockey club:
Drafting Nail Yakupov first overall in June.
Justin Schultz agreed to an entry-level contract with Edmonton in June of 2012.
Re-signing Ryan Smyth two years and $4.5 million on July 1, 2012.
Devan Dubnyk agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Oilers in July of 2012.
Sam Gagner agreed to a one-year deal to stay with the Edmonton Oilers in July
Taylor Hall signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Oilers in August of 2012.
Jordan Eberle signed a six-year, $36 million extension with Edmonton in August of 2012.
Talk about locking up a core group of hockey players! There is going to be some red hot odds over at canada.betfair.com for this team, this could be winning a season all around!
A mark of Jordan Eberle's has been his consistency, if there is a fantasy hockey season to come... expect Eberle to be a very early pick, as he is good for around 80 points. He plays on a top line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall, a line that's one of the best up-and-coming trios in the NHL. Eberle should only get better as all three players gain much needed experience.