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Hall Traded to Devils; Larsson to Edmonton

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The Oilers have Acquired Adam Larsson From New Jersey for Taylor Hall

The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils have agreed to a trade, with Edmonton sending forward Taylor Hall to the Devils in exchange for Adam Larsson. There were no other pieces to the trade.

Hall, 24, was the Oilers first round pick, and the number 1 overall pick, in the 2010 NHL draft. Hall has been a top offensive forward for the Oilers, scoring 20 or more goals in 4 of his first 6 seasons. He scored 26 goals last season, and emerged as one of the most promising young forwards in the league after rebounding from a bad previous season.

Larsson was the 4th overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft by the Devils. He has been very reliable for the Devils, and finished the season with a +/- of 15. His offensive numbers have not shown up yet, scoring just 9 goals in his 5 NHL seasons. He has shown flashes of offensive potential, and the Oilers will be looking for him to reach that potential.

The Edmonton Oilers have been rumored to be looking for a defenseman this offseason. They attempted to trade their 4th overall pick in last weeks draft for a defenseman, but could not find a taker, and selected Jesse Puljujarvi instead. With a number top six wingers under contract, they can afford to lose Hall to gain a defenseman. Larsson is not a top defenseman, which is what the Oilers were said to be looking for, but is very reliable and should grow into one of the leagues better defesneman.

Hall joins the leagues worst offensive unit in the Devils, who only scored 182 goals last season. Hall will automatica join the Devils top lines, and should find success playing with young forwards Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri. With Hall helping the teams offense, and the team already having a great defense and goaltending, the Devils should be a threat to sneak into the playoffs.