After years of speculation, the Edmonton Oilers have officially hit the eject button on their 2010 first overall pick.
In a stunning move two days before free agency opens, the Oilers traded winger Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson.
Trade is one for one: Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016
Interestingly enough, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli now has traded the top two picks from that draft. In 2013, as GM of the Boston Bruins, Chiarelli traded second overall pick Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars.
Hall was a casualty of an Oilers team loaded with offensive talent yet bereft of any significant talent on defense. The Oilers picked forwards Hall, Nail Yakupov, Ryan-Nugent Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the top five picks over the last six years. They also drafted Finnish phenom Jesse Puljujarvi fourth overall in this past weekend's draft, making some sort of forward trade an inevitability.
That it's Hall is stunning, though. Since joining the NHL, Hall has become one of the best wingers in the game. He's put up more than 50 points in four of his first six seasons, including an 80-point campaign in 2013-14 and a 65-point season in 2015-16.
Larsson was the Devils' fourth-overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft. He registered 18 points in 82 games last season.