Second thoughts: OilersNation live in LA Saturday

Robin Brownlee
June 26 2010 10:38AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Fans gather outside Staples Center and L.A. Live before the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- The Edmonton Oilers hit the draft floor at the Staples Center today with some choices to make after taking Taylor Hall first overall on Friday, then having no other business to take care of with GM Steve Tambellini unable to swing a deal for a second first-round pick.

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TAYLOR HALL: JUST TOO GOOD TO PASS UP

Robin Brownlee
June 25 2010 10:23PM

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)

LOS ANGELES -- How can any team say no to a two-time Memorial Cup MVP, a player who dominated the OHL playoffs and a prospect most NHL scouts and scouting services considered the best major junior player on the planet last season?

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LET'S MAKE A DEAL: TAMBELLINI CAN'T SWING IT

Robin Brownlee
June 25 2010 10:08PM

Edmonton Oilers' General Manager Steve Tambellini (L) with their first draft pick Taylor Hall during the first round of the 2010 NHL hockey draft in Los Angeles, California June 25, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

LOS ANGELES -- For 1970s game show host Monty Hall, it came easily. Not so much for Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, who tried mightily to make a deal to get another pick in the first round Friday, but ended up with the crate of lemons behind door No. 3.

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Up-to-the-minute Draft coverage: OilersNation in LA

Robin Brownlee
June 25 2010 01:29PM

LOS ANGELES -- It's going to be a busy and historic day for OilersNation and fans of the Edmonton Oilers, and my guess is the action is going to start long before NHL commissioner Gary Bettman steps to the podium to get things going at 4 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. in Oil Country).

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TAMBELLINI TIME: BALLS OUT OR BAIL OUT?

Robin Brownlee
June 25 2010 12:09AM

LOS ANGELES -- Does Steve Tambellini have the moxy and the brass to make something happen, to make a deal that matters, before he walks to the podium with the first pick in the 2010 Entry Draft at the Staples Center Friday? We'll find out soon enough.

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