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09:27 AM ET 09.11 | Taylor Hall's weight jumped from 185 to 194 in the three months since Edmonton picked him first overall. Who knew the weight of the world was only nine pounds? The marquee man in the club's resurrection effort showed up for fitness and medical testing Friday looking bigger and more relaxed than he was in June, says he's ready to begin his journey into the NHL and seems quite at peace with the staggering expectations. "I feel a little bit stronger," said Hall, who'll see his first live fire in Oilers colours this week at the five-team rookie tournament in Penticton. "I don't want to come here this season promising the world, but I do feel strong and I feel that I'm ready to play. "Since the development camp (in mid summer) I've turned into a stronger player and a more mature person. I've realized I have to change everything I do in my life to be in the NHL." Saviour might be too strong a word for Hall and the rest of the kids, bu

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September 11, 2010  10:01 AM ET

If he gains a bit more weight he could probably play for that other Edmonton team that's 2-8 at the moment. Like I've said before - "The City of #1 Draft Picks" isn't a good slogan.

September 11, 2010  01:44 PM ET
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On a positive note out of Edmonton the Oilers did some good things in the off season. They got rid of some guys they had to and added size and toughness which they had to. Hall Eberle Paajarvi should match up nicely with some of the other kids on the roster. One thing for sure they will be a fun group to watch.

Agreed as I stated earlier on other threads they may not be good but they'll be fun to watch .My only worry for this teams comeback to a contending team is the inevitable toll all that losing will have on these guys who are used to winning hopefully they will have that wise old sage to keep them from getting used to losing

September 11, 2010  01:46 PM ET
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Agreed as I stated earlier on other threads they may not be good but they'll be fun to watch .My only worry for this teams comeback to a contending team is the inevitable toll all that losing will have on these guys who are used to winning hopefully they will have that wise old sage to keep them from getting used to losing

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keep them from getting discouraged and used to losing

September 11, 2010  01:47 PM ET
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lol...I didnt read the sports page today so I wouldn't have to read anything about the Esks. go to FN and click on what appears to be an Oiler story and there it is the 2-8 Eskimos thanks Canuck :-( How about those 0-1 Vikes.:-)

Okay I deserved that but I'm betting they have more wins at the end of the season than your Edmonton Maple Leafs and they play 2 fewer games.

September 11, 2010  01:50 PM ET

I'm sure this kid knew there would be huge expectations on him no matter where he went.

September 11, 2010  03:04 PM ET

Should be more enjoyable to watch this team again. I don't even mind if they finish last as long as the effort is there. Was good to see them shed all the deadwood too and go with youth. Now only if they could have rid themselves of a certain vodka lovin' P stopper.................

September 11, 2010  03:30 PM ET

Just hope he doesn't get embarrassed when they make him pee in a cup.

September 11, 2010  06:43 PM ET
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What's with Eagle...did a beaver get eaten. The Vikes will be fine they just have to get some guys back. Wished I could say the same about my home town Leafs

See post #12 on the Quebec City thread.

September 11, 2010  09:15 PM ET

One thing about being an Oil fan than being a Leaf fan is there are no delusionals. I know this team has a very long way to go and I disagree with you Whale and I think we need a new face in the net and one less distraction that is 'Bulin. Sayin' this I think they are headed in the right direction, totally opposite of the one the Leafs and their delusional misfit fans are headed.

September 12, 2010  01:58 AM ET
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The goalie that gives the Oilers the best chance to improve is the goalie I want in the net be Dub Del or Khabi. The Oilers have a bad rep in the NHL as far as players are concerned and I don't think they would help there cause by trying to get out his contract. I think you will see the the Oil reluctantley support Khabi and maybe get him to do some community work.I agree the Oilers are finally making some good decisions and also agree its going to be antother long year for Leaf fans

Remember last year rooting for Dubnyk to get that first win a first for me cheering for the Oilers .Starting to like what they'rre putting together there .Thank god W2 that Lowe made his best move as G.M. last year and promoted himself and hired Tamby

September 12, 2010  02:01 AM ET
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One thing about being an Oil fan than being a Leaf fan is there are no delusionals. I know this team has a very long way to go and I disagree with you Whale and I think we need a new face in the net and one less distraction that is 'Bulin. Sayin' this I think they are headed in the right direction, totally opposite of the one the Leafs and their delusional misfit fans are headed.

It depends how he handles it as to whether they should cut him adrift but W2 is right it would give the wrong impression to FA's who they are already having problems getting them to come.In a couple of years if these kids perform that problem will go away as if they are real contenders FA's will come

September 12, 2010  12:24 PM ET

"Taylor Hall's weight jumped from 185 to 194 in the three months since Edmonton picked him first overall."...

He started in on the Penner Off-Season Workout Program?

September 12, 2010  08:13 PM ET
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If he gains a bit more weight he could probably play for that other Edmonton team that's 2-8 at the moment. Like I've said before - "The City of #1 Draft Picks" isn't a good slogan.

This kid is going to be good, at least I think, and hope so. Eberle as well, is going to be a fine player as well, and these 2 are like ,Toews and Kane and it'll take a year or two, but they should turn into great players.

 
September 13, 2010  11:02 AM ET

He looks kind of toothy.

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