The Edmonton Oilers are going with a youth movement in their leadership group.
On Tuesday, head coach Ralph Krueger announced Jordan Eberle would assume full-time alternate captain duties while Taylor Hall would share the “A” with defenseman Nick Schultz.
“We feel it’s a good time for Taylor and Jordan to step up,” Krueger said. “It’s the passion they bring to the game, to our team and the city of Edmonton.”
Eberle, Hall and Schultz will replace Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky as Edmonton’s alternates. Shawn Horcoff will remain team captain.
“It’s exciting news, and it’s an honor to be a captain, but we have a lot of leadership in this room,” Eberle told the Oilers website.
The 22-year-old Eberle is headed into his third season with the Oilers and coming off a career year in 2011-12. He posted a team-high 76 points and finished tied for 15th in the league in goals, with 34.
Hall, 21, is also headed into his third season with Edmonton. He signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Oilers prior to the lockout and racked up 35 points in 26 games while playing for AHL Oklahoma City during the work stoppage.
“It’s a true honor to wear a letter for the Oilers,” Hall said. “There have been so many great captains in the history of this team.”