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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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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NHL Entry Draft 2010: Day 1 Recap

Jason Gregor
June 25 2010 10:17PM

The Oilers didn’t surprise many when they announced Taylor Hall as the first pick in the 2010 entry draft. Hall was regarded as the best player, and in the end the Oilers went with the two-time Memorial Cup MVP.

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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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Finally, it's here!

Jason Gregor
June 25 2010 03:04PM

EL SEGUNDO, CA - JUNE 24: Taylor Hall (L) and Tyler Seguin (R) share a laugh while on the bench with youth hockey players during the NHL prospects clinic at the Toyota Sports Center on June 24, 2010 in El Segundo,California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

For two months Oiler fans have argued in favour of Taylor or Tyler, and in less than two hours we will finally know who the Oilers will pick first overall. The Oilers know who they are taking, but they’ve done a pretty good job of keeping it quiet.

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