Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paarjarvi Help Edmonton Oilers Strike Rich

December 9th, 2010 by MIke Dusak Leave a reply »
The Edmonton Oilers are starting to see the return on their investment in their top NHL draft picks from the last few years.

The transformation of the once-proud franchise began in the 2008 NHL Entry draft when the Oilers selected 18-year-old Jordan Eberle with the 22nd pick. Just a year later, the uber-talented Swede Magnus Paajarvi was selected with the 10th pick.

Then the franchise struck gold when they acquired the top pick in the 2010 NHL Entry draft, with the prospect of drafting the electrifying Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL. The decision was an easy one.

The Oilers made Taylor Hall the top overall pick to complete the trio of young guns aiming to turn around the Oilers, as general manager Steve Tambellini envisioned.

All three made the roster out of camp and showed the potential that the franchise is banking on long term during the preseason, where both all three players showed tremendous pure skill and hockey sense.

The young guns know that they don’t have to carry the team right away and can lean on good veteran leadership from Captain Shawn Horcoff and winger Ales Hemsky. They also have a ...

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