It has been quite an offseason for Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini. The Oilers’ top minor-league affiliate in the American Hockey League will be in Oklahoma City starting next season. Edmonton owns the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, which will be June 25-26 in Los Angeles.
Oklahoma City will see lots of the Oilers’ top, young talent, Tambellini told The Oklahoman on Thursday. One of those players might be Jordan Eberle, who was Edmonton’s No. 1 pick in last year’s draft. Eberle played most of last season with the Western Junior Hockey League’s Regina Pats. After the WHL season ended, Eberle scored 14 points in 11 games for the Oilers’ then-AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. This year’s top overall draft pick, which will be either Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall, could also play in Oklahoma City this fall. Sequin is the top-rated player available in the draft, according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. Sequin, a center, plays for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. Hall is the second-rated player by the Central Scouting Bureau.