Major Development For Oilers and Connor McDavid

Big changes for the Edmonton Oilers, as Connor McDavid's agent, Jeff Jackson, has been named the CEO of Hockey Operations.

According to the team's news release, Jackson will work closely with, and oversee, president of hockey operations and GM Ken Holland. 

Jackson was the Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006-2010 before launching his own player agency.  

He helped establish and build Wasserman Hockey, the agency that represents McDavid. The Oilers captain will stay with Wasserman, but will now be represented by Judd Moldaver, who also happens to have another pretty big client in Toronto Maple Leafs' superstar Auston Matthews.

Jackson had also represented the likes of Alex DeBrincat, Aaron Ekblad, Connor Brown and Nathan Bastian.

The move, many would say, increases the chances of McDavid staying in Edmonton for the long run. 

"Jeff and I have had a long and fruitful relationship, and I have witnessed his care, relentlessness, and obvious knowledge of the game and industry firsthand," said McDavid. "I'm excited about this next chapter for me."

The Oilers finished 2nd in the Western Conference last season with 109 points, and a record of  50-23-9. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights. 

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