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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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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June 25 2010 01:26PM

"What is June 25, 2010 in Edmonton Alex?"

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NW Division Draft Preview

June 25 2010 09:41AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Taylor Hall is interviewed by a member of the media during NHL top prospect media availibilty prior to the start of the 2010 NHL Draft outside Staples Center on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Written by the Nation Network's Special Correspondent at the Draft, Matt Bugg.

LOS ANGELES - As on the ice, the teams that make up the Northwest Division represents both extremes at the draft table. Clubs who do not pick until the 3rd round will attempt to help their teams as much as those with double-digit picks, while emerging and elite teams will attempt to shore up already envious pipelines of talent as others continue to flounder in draft mediocrity. Any given draft can shape a team's future, but just as important as how the Edmonton Oilers do, it's who the other teams in the Northwest select that will shape the vision of future rivalries.

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