Hall should be Oilers' choice

Updated: May 11, 2010, 12:38 PM ET
By Gare Joyce

The Windsor Spitfires are heading off to the 2010 Memorial Cup in Brandon, which provides us a good reason to re-examine the issue of the projected first-overall pick of the last mock draft, Windsor's LW Taylor Hall.

I talked to several NHL executives and scouts who had ventured to Windsor during the playoffs while they were putting together their final work-ups in advance of upcoming team-scouting meetings. Some of them will make short trips to Brandon for the Memorial Cup -- but the tournament doesn't figure to be much of a scouting bonanza. With St John making it out of the Quebec League playoffs through to Brandon, the scouts can get an eyeful of D Brandon Gormley, a top 10 pick, and maybe a couple of others a little more off the radar.

Still, most of the players in the Memorial Cup are 19-year-olds who've already hit their draft year -- since the NHL went to a 18-year-old draft, there's only been an occasional compelling draft interest (e.g. Sidney Crosby at the 2005 tournament with Rimouski, Mario Lemieux in 1984 with Laval).