Forward Taylor Hall, a No.1 overall pick with NHL experience, was expected to arrive in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. He will join the Barons even though it probably will be another two weeks before Hall plays in a game.
“I don’t know what the time table is but that’s what everybody is hoping,” said coach Todd Nelson. “At this time he’s scheduled to continue with his rehab.”
Hall, rehabilitating a left shoulder injury, hasn’t played since March. The first pick in the 2010 NHL draft, Hall hasn’t been cleared to resume full contact.
The Barons will have two No. 1 overall picks when Hall plays. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, Hall the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.
In Edmonton last season, Nugent-Hopkins and Hall were on the same line as Jordan Eberle, the Oilers top scorer last season, who also is playing in Oklahoma City during the NHL lockout.
Hall has scored 95 points, including 49 goals, in 126 games with the Oilers the past two seasons.