The Oilers had a very productive weekend, picking up Windsor Spitfires superstar Taylor Hall amoung other talented players.
The opportunity to take Taylor Hall with the No. 1 overall pick virtually guaranteed the Edmonton Oilers would leave California as the big draft winner among Canada’s six NHL teams.
After placing last in 2009-10, the team's management promised to rebuild. They made good on that promise this year by scooping up eleven new players at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including three second-rounders and the first pick of the third round after the selection of the explosively skilled Hall at No. 1 overall.
Calgary-born Taylor Hall has said that that he is proud to be on a team with so much history and he hopes to bring a Stanley Cup to Edmonton. With Hall's combination of talent and competitiveness, he may be leading the Oilers back to respectability in the not-too-distant future.
Edmonton also nabbed Minnesota State center Tyler Pitlick with the first selection of Round 2, and used their other second-round selections on Slovak defenseman Martin Marincin and Saskatoon left winger Curtis Hamilton.
The Oilers developed a pattern of picking large forwards with offensive skill. That trend continued with the selection of Ryan Martindale to kick off the third round.
In Hall, the Oilers have a top-quality talent, while the quantity of picks that followed also bodes well in what is expected to be a deep draft that yields NHLers in every round.