Leading The Way: Eight New Captains You Might See Next Season

By Skylar Peters
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Apr 4, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall (4) during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers: Taylor Hall

The Edmonton Oilers are still struggling to put the pieces together, even after three consecutive first overall picks. After moving longtime Oiler Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas Stars, one of those aforementioned picks, Taylor Hall, is ready to fill the void.

Hall is a talent unlike many others, putting speed, skill, and work ethic together in a deadly combination. He appeared in 45 games for Edmonton this season, scoring 16 goals and 50 points.

Hall’s tireless work ethic rubs off on fellow young guns Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and there is no reason why the rest of the team shouldn’t follow suit.

The Oilers are extremely young, and with that youth comes a hunger for success. With little veteran leadership around the club, the 21-year-old Hall needs to be ready to take the reigns, and take the Oilers to the playoffs in 2013-14, somewhere they haven’t been since their Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2006.