Since hearing his name called as the first overall selection in this year’s NHL Draft in L.A., Taylor Hall has been living the dream, making appearances on behalf of the Oilers, being swarmed for signatures by autograph hounds and, well, being embraced by his new community.
Indeed, the love affair with the NHL’s most northern outpost, Edmonton, is well underway.
That love affair will undoubtedly intensify this evening, when the team’s first-ever first overall draft selection skates out onto the ice at Rexall Place, to commence his NHL career.
Hall and the copper and blue host Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning this evening, as Edmonton opens up its 2010-11 home pre-season schedule. Edmonton is coming off a gritty 3-2 road victory over the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday evening.
Hall will debut on a line centred by Sam Gagner with Ales Hemsky riding shotgun on right wing (see lines below).
With the club’s newest young guns in the lineup, Magnus Paajarvi, Tyler Pitlick (Oilers second draft selection last June), Linus Omark and Alex Plante, without question, the new kids in the Hall, will be attempting to help this once-proud franchise turn the page on several years of futility.
Magnus Paajarvi (91) – Andrew Cogliano (13) – Dustin Penner (27)
Liam Reddox (85) – Colin Fraser (16) – Gilbert Brule (67)
Steve MacIntyre (33) – Tyler Pitlick (68) – Linus Omark (23)
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Written by Scott Pattison
Scott is an award-winning sports writer whose career spans more than 20 years. He's proudly covered the Oilers since moving to the Alberta capital in 2000.