Going all-in: the Oilers should draft Taylor Hall

Robin Brownlee
June 23 2010 12:57PM

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 04: NHL top prospect Taylor Hall visits the Philadelphia Flyers locker game before Game Four of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 4, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- If the Edmonton Oilers covet Tyler Seguin and want the Boston Bruins to pay for the right to get Taylor Hall, there's only one thing for GM Steve Tambellini to do at the Staples Center Friday.

Tambellini has to step to the podium and announce, "With the first pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select from the Windsor Spitfires, Taylor Hall."

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How it plays out: 2010 Mock Draft

Robin Brownlee
June 23 2010 10:52AM

TORONTO - APRIL 13: Deputy Commissioner of the NHL Bill Daly announces top pick to the Edmonton Oilers during the NHL Draft Lottery Drawing at the TSN Studio April 13, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images for NHL)

LOS ANGELES -- After Tyler and Taylor, then what?

While there's no doubt Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall will be the top two picks at the 2010 Entry Draft, there's plenty of debate about who fits where in the next 28 slots in the first round.

Based on the needs of teams, conversations I've had with scouts and NHL reporters and educated guesswork, here's how I see the top-30 shaping up at the Staples Center Friday.

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Firing Pat Quinn: Fumble-lia, Fumble-rooski

Robin Brownlee
June 22 2010 07:24PM

If Steve Tambellini was a member of the bomb squad with the Edmonton Police Service instead of the GM of the Edmonton Oilers, he'd be nothing more than smoking shreds of DNA by now.

While Boston GM Peter Chiarelli was busy convincing Florida boss Dale Tallon to drop his trousers in the Nathan Horton trade, Tambellini was no doubt preparing his dissertation to the media after deciding he'd seen enough of Pat Quinn as his coach.

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Summer of Steve: Quinn gets a new office

Jason Gregor
June 22 2010 02:35PM

CALGARY, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Pat Quinn of the Edmonton Oilers yells from the bench in the third period against the Calgary Flames in NHL preseason action on September 15, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

The Summer of Steve continued today with Steve Tambellini making his biggest move so far: relieving Pat Quinn of his coaching duties and naming him Senior Hockey Advisor and promoting Tom Renney from associate coach to head coach.

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UPDATE: Tom Renny new Oilers head coach

Jason Gregor
June 22 2010 11:43AM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Pat Quinn of the Edmonton Oilers stands on the bench as his players Jordan Eberle #14 and Dustin Penner #27 of the Oilers walk to the dressing room after playing against the Vancouver Canucks in a NHL preseason game on September 19, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Oilers have announced Tom Renney is the new team head coach. Pat Quinn has been named Senior Advisor of Hockey. More to follow...

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