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Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Another No. 1 pick, Taylor Hall, almost ready to join Barons

The forward will have surgically repaired shoulder examined in Edmonton. Hall might rejoin Barons in time for weekend series vs. Houston in Cox Center.
By Mike Baldwin Published: October 28, 2012
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photo - Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, left, holds up a jersey with draft pick Taylor Hall, center, and Kevin Lowe, the NHL team's president of hockey operations, in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. Lowe, the Oilers' first-ever draft pick and only player to wear the number since Edmonton entered the NHL in 1979, passed his No. 4 to Hall, the centerpiece of a full-scale rebuild in Edmonton and the franchise's first No. 1 overall draft pick. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan) ORG XMIT: JCU102
Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, left, holds up a jersey with draft pick Taylor Hall, center, and Kevin Lowe, the NHL team's president of hockey operations, in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. Lowe, the Oilers' first-ever draft pick and only player to wear the number since Edmonton entered the NHL in 1979, passed his No. 4 to Hall, the centerpiece of a full-scale rebuild in Edmonton and the franchise's first No. 1 overall draft pick. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan) ORG XMIT: JCU102

Taylor Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, will return to Edmonton on Monday to have his surgically repaired shoulder examined. After going through contact in practices last week, Hall hopes to be cleared to make his Barons debut Friday or Saturday during a two-game home series with Houston at the Cox Center.

“It's been so long since I've played in a game,” Hall said. “It's going to be a little bit different, to adjust to the play down here. It will be a little of a culture shock. But I'm excited just to get back playing. The shoulder has held up really well and feels strong.”

SCHULTZ LEADS AHL IN SCORING

Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz not only leads the Barons in scoring, he's atop the American Hockey League points list after he scored two power-play goals in a 4-2 win Sunday over the Texas Stars. In seven games, Schultz has 12 points, including six goals.

“I'm a little surprised,” Schultz said. “It's definitely been a good start for me. And the team is coming together now. It's going well so far.”

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