Taylor Hall: The Edmonton Oilers New Weapon

Alex ThomasContributor IJune 26, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  Taylor Hall, drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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On Friday night the Edmonton Oilers added a new weapon for their re-build. The team made history, picking first overall for the first time in the Oilers history.

The pick would be Taylor Hall, the offensive powerhouse from the OHL who has a great shot, and the potential to be a franchise forward and star for years to come.

There were tons of reports out there that Hall would rather play for the Bruins, but as the pick got closer it became clear Hall wanted to be an Oiler.

The Oilers picked the best player out there in my mind, and in the mind of many. Now Hall joins a group of young forwards including studs Magnus Svensson, Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark, Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner.

The Oilers also have an underrated possible second line center named Gilbert Brule, who should be a big part of the rebuild also.

The Oilers made the great pick of Hall, but they weren't done there. The Oilers wanted to make Taylor or Tyler into Taylor AND Tyler.

The Oilers were making offers all day for the Bruins second overall pick in the draft, and even made a rumored offer of Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky.

The Oilers made a final pitch to the Bruins just after GM Steve Tambellini was interviewed with Hall, right before the Bruins picked Seguin. However nothing came of the talks between the two sides.

Another late rumor was that the Bruins would send Milan Lucic to Edmonton along with the second overall pick for the right to pick Hall first overall.

Another rumor was that Edmonton wanted to jump back into the first round at the 15th overall pick. The Oilers were interested in Edmonton Oil Kings defender Mark Pysyk.

The Oilers offered RFA forward Andrew Cogliano to the Panthers, but no deal could be had. Pysyk was later drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, before the Oilers could try and jump back up to get him.

I really feel bad for Andrew Cogliano, who was named in a trade for the second offseason in a row. I hope for his sake that he gets moved this summer.

The Oilers were rumored to be trying to get back into the first round, but had no luck every time they tried to make a deal. They were unable to make any trades, but that's not because of a lack of trying.

This night was a hit however, the Oilers got the guy they wanted, Hall. Hard to complain about that.

The Oilers will have to come to Day Two of the draft ready to go. For the second day in a row they open up the picks, and defender Alex Petrovic is sitting there for the taking.

Petrovic is a prospect which could turn into the shutdown defender the Oilers have been looking for. Alex Petrovic is a guy that I have been keeping an eye on for a few months and a guy that I think could help the Oilers down the road.

Forward John MacFarland is also sitting there for the picking at 31. MacFarland is seen as a guy with top 10 potential, but a guy that fails to bring it every single night. He could be a steal for the Oilers at 31, but I have the feeling that the Oil will go defense at 31, trying to fill a need.

The Oilers also have Nashville's second round pick (No. 48 overall and was brought in as a part of the Grebeskov trade) which could be used on a defender or a goalie. The Oilers draft will not be made on the Hall pick, but what they can do in Day Two.

The Oilers need to think through their second round picks and add guys like Petrovic who will without doubt have an impact for them down the road.

With Cogliano being pushed out of Edmonton for a second summer in a row, expect some sort of trade to go down tomorrow.

Remember at the deadline, the Oilers had some talks about moving Ethan Moreau and Patrick O'Sullivan and had been rumored to set themselves up nicely to make some draft day trades.

The expected return for players like Moreau, Nilsson, O'Sullivan, Pouliot and even Cogliano was anything from a second round pick to a seventh round pick. I'd expect anywhere from two to five trades tomorrow from the Oilers.

Tonight was a very important night to the Oilers organization, but expect tomorrow to be very important also to the team. The big reasons for that being of course the two second round picks and the possible trades that the Oilers could pull off.

Tomorrow should be a very good and interesting day for the Oilers. I will have another post tomorrow night, after the draft is over. I will break down the picks and trades (if any) that the Oilers made on Day Two from LA.

Hope you all enjoyed the draft tonight, and that you all enjoy Day Two tomorrow!


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