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Edmonton Oilers promising top talent for OKC

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini says Oklahoma Citys AHL team will see lots of the organizations top young talent

BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Modified: May 14, 2010 at 12:03 am •  Published: May 14, 2010
ll is a left wing and plays for the Windsor Spitfires, also of the OHL. Hall had 35 points in 19 playoff games to help the Spitfires win the Memorial Cup, which is junior hockey’s equivalent to the Stanley Cup.

"This is probably the most significant decision for this hockey club from a draft perspective ever,” Tambellini said.

Tambellini said it’s hard to say if Eberle and this year’s top pick will play in Oklahoma City. The young Oilers struggled this season, finishing an NHL-worst 27-47-8. Eberle might be needed with the big club for immediate help.

"There are some players that are able to step right in — not many — but that are ready to step right in to a professional lineup,” Tambellini said.

"Most need time to develop, and Oklahoma City is going to see a lot of those players.”