Oilers name Eberle alternate captain

Oilers winger Jordan Eberle is in the first season of his six-year, $36 million contract.

The Edmonton Oilers have promoted Jordan Eberle to full-time assistant captain.

Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger announced Eberle’s new role on Tuesday, adding that forward Taylor Hall and defenceman Nick Schultz will alternate as assistant captain each game throughout the season.

“It’s exciting news, and it’s an honour to be a captain, but we have a lot of leadership in this room,” Eberle told Oilers.com.

Eberle is only in his third season with the Oilers after the club selected him 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

He finished with 34 goals and 42 assists, with a plus-4 rating in 78 games last season.

Hall, 21, was thrilled that he will serve as an alternate assistant captain.

“It’s a true honour to wear a letter for the Oilers. There have been so many great captains in the history of this team,” he told the team’s official website.

The first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Hall finished with 27 goals, 26 assists and a minus-3 rating in 61 games last season.

Shonn Horcoff remains the Oilers’ captain.

Edmonton kicks off the 2013 regular season when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Sunday.

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