The Edmonton Oilers announced Thursday that they have signed center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year $42 million contract extension. This move comes the summer after the team signed Taylor Hall to an identical extension and Jordan Eberle to a six-year deal. All of the players will carry an annual cap hit of $6 million.
"We have a good recent history of taking care of our own players,” said general manager Craig MacTavish. “We've talked a lot about identifying the qualities and characteristics that we hold in high esteem for the Edmonton Oilers and recognizing that and rewarding that. In my mind, this is a further statement along those regards."
In 2011, the Oilers made Nugent-Hopkins the second of three straight first overall selections. He went on to tie Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche for the lead in rookie scoring that season, with 52 points in 62 games. He regressed some last season, only putting up 24 points in 40 games, including an abysmal four goals. He also missed time during both campaigns with shoulder injuries.
"You can't find anyone in our organization that questions this deal," said MacTavish. "This was a complete no-brainer for us to bring Ryan in. He's been all-in for us since I've arrived here. That very much continues.”