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Edmonton Oilers Name Dallas Eakins Head Coach 

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images (EDMONTON, Alberta)  --  The Edmonton Oilers have hired Dallas Eakins to be their new head coach.

The 46-year-old Eakins replaces Ralph Krueger, who was fired at the end of the season.

"This isn't about winning one game or winning one season," Eakins said. "We want to be in the mix every year to win."

Eakins has his work cut out for him, as the Oilers have not made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 2006.  He is their fourth head coach in the past five seasons.

The Oilers are a young team with former No. 1 picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov making up the team's nucleus.  Throw in veterans Jordan Eberle and Justin Schulz and Eakins may have inherited a team that is ready to take the next step towards competiting for a Stanley Cup Trophy.

Eakins spent the past four seasons with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, reaching the Calder Cup final in 2012.

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Oilers Reward Taylor Hall With Contract Extension

Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- The Edmonton Oilers have rewarded forward Taylor Hall with a seven-year contract worth $42 million.

The 20-year old Hall was drafted by the Oilers first overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. Hall has spent the majority of his professional career with the Oilers, and he's given them every reason to be satisfied with his performance. Hall put up 42 points in his rookie season, and last season he tallied 53 points.

"When they said seven years I didn't blink," Hall said when asked about his deal. "I'm comfortable being here for that long. I think by that time ... I hope we're a perennial threat. That's my main goal and my mindset when I signed the deal."

Hall's new deal makes him the highest paid player on the Oilers at $6 million per year. He is part of a bright young nucleus that includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Nail Yakupov.

This past season, the Oilers finished with the second-worst record in the NHL after going 32-40-10. They haven't made the playoffs since the 2005-206 season.

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Oilers Will Pick First in Upcoming Draft

Tom Szczerbowski/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- For the third consecutive season the Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL Draft Lottery and will have the first pick in the upcoming 2012 draft.

The Columbus Blue Jackets actually had better odds than the Oilers, but it seems winning the lottery is a right of passage for Edmonton.

The past two seasons the Oilers have selected center Ryan Nugent Hopkins and winger Taylor Hall. This years popular bet to be the first pick is Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting (OHL). He also plays wing, leading to speculation that the Oilers may try to trade the pick.

The last team to pick first in the NHL Draft for three straight seasons was the Quebec Nordiques from 1989-1991.

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