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Oilers Stock Up on Forwards


The biggest question going into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft for the Edmonton Oilers was who do they pick: Taylor or Tyler?

Oilers fans waited with bated breath inside of Rexall Place Friday night until it was finally announced.  The Edmonton Oilers selected first overall, from the Windsor Spitfires, left wing Taylor Hall.

Hall brings a goal scoring touch to a team that was ranked 27th in goals-per-game (2.51) and total goals scored (206).  And it is even more important now when the Oilers are faced with having so many free-agent forwards, including Andrew Cogliano (10 goals, 18 assists), Mike Comrie (13 goals, 8 assists), Sam Gagner (15 goals, 26 assists), Ryan Potulny (15 goals, 17 assists) and Fernando Pisani (4 goals, 4 assists).

The 6-1 winger started his OHL career with the Windsor Spitfires in 2007-08 where he scored a team leading 45 goals and added 39 assists for 84 points. He was third on the team in scoring.

His next two seasons saw his points total rise even more.  In 2008-09, Hall scored 38 goals and 52 assists for 90 points and added 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 20 games during the playoffs en route to winning the OHL Championship and Memorial Cup.

In 2009-10, Hall once again helped the Spitfires to win their second consecutive Memorial Cup.  He finished the season with 106 points (40 goals, 66 assists), tied for first with Tyler Seguin in the OHL.

Hall has also played in the World Juniors U-18 Championships where he won a gold medal and the World Junior Championships where he won silver.

Other awards include the Emms Family Award (2007-08), CHL Rookie of the Year (2007-08), OHL All-Rookie Team (2007-08), OHL First-Team All-Star (2008-09 and 2009-10), Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (2008-09), Eddie Power Memorial Trophy (2009-10), Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (2009 and 2010), Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2009 and 2010) and the Ed Chynoweth Trophy (2010).

Hall will surely start the 2010-11 season on the Oilers’ roster, and they hope his impact can be felt immediately.

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The Oilers drafted ten other players in the Draft, picking six other forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender:

Right-winger Tyler Pitlick was drafted in the second round (31st overall) from the Minnesota State Mavericks of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).  The 6-2, 190-pound Minnesota native played in 38 games in the 2009-10 season and scored 11 goals and 9 assists for 19 points and was a +0 with 27 penalty minutes.

Defenseman Martin Marincin was drafted in the second round (46th overall) from the Slovakia U-20.  The 6-4, 181-pound Slovakian native played in 35 games in the 2009-10 season and scored 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points and had 71 penalty minutes.

Left wing Curtis Hamilton was drafted in the second round (48th overall) from the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL).  The 6-2, 211-pound Washington native played in 26 games in the 2009-10 season and scored 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points and was a +9 with 6 penalty minutes.

Center Ryan Martindale was drafted in the third round (61st overall) from the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  The 6-3, 190-pound Ontario native played in 61 games in the 2009-10 season.  He scored 19 goals, was fourth on the team in assists (41) and points (60).  He was a +2 with 37 penalty minutes.

Defenseman Jeremie Blain was drafted in the fourth round (91st overall) from the Acadie-Bathurst Titans of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).  The 6-2, 189-pound Quebec native played in 64 games in the 2009-10 season.  He scored 4 goals and was third on the team in assists (34) and sixth on the team in points (38).  He was a -22 with 72 penalty minutes.

Goaltender Tyler Bun was drafted in the fifth round (121st overall) from the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.  The 6-0, 198-pound Alberta native played in 12 games in the 2009-10 season.  He posted a 6-6-0 record with a 2.87 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.

Defenseman Brandon Davidson was drafted in the sixth round (162nd overall) from the Regina Pats of the WHL.  The 6-2, 195-pound Alberta native played in 59 games in the 2009-10 season.  He scored 1 goal and was third on the team in assists (33) and seventh in points (34).  He was a +15 with 37 penalty minutes.

Left wing Drew Czerwonka was drafted in the sixth round (166th overall) from the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.  The 6-2, 192-pound Saskatchewan native played in 54 games in the 2009-10 season and scored 5 goals and 9 assists for 13 points and was a -5 with 106 penalty minutes.

Forward Kristians Pelss was drafted in the seventh round (181st overall) from the Dinamo-Juniors Rīga of the Belarisian Extraliga.  The 6-0, 198-pound Latvia native played in 46 games in the 2009-10 season and scored 6 goals and 3 assists for 9 points with 28 penalty minutes.  Pelss also played for Team Latvia at the World Juniors U-18 Championships where he scored 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in six games.

Forward Kellen Jones was drafted in the seventh round (202nd overall) from the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).  The 5-9, 165-pound British Columbia native played in 51 games in the 2008-09 season and scored 15 goals and 37 assists for 52 points with 16 penalty minutes.

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