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Hall mania in full swing

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

EDMONTON - It was an impressive reception for the player considered by many to be the saviour of the franchise.

Fans filled the Clareview Arena on Tuesday to get a glimpse of Taylor Hall as he took to the ice for the first time as a member of the Oilers.

“For them to come out and cheer every goal and every save is pretty incredible,” said Hall. “When you get to see the people face-to-face is when it hits home that you have a lot of support in this city and it’s only going to get better throughout the summer and into training camp.”

Hall is taking part in the Oilers rookie development camp this week, which also features Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi. The trio are expected to crack the roster this season as the club begins the rebuild to prosperity.

It’s the first time Hall’s been on the ice since the Oilers made him the top overall pick in June’s draft.

“It was pretty tough there for the first little while, I thought my lungs were going to give out on me,” Hall said. “But I fought through it. Throughout the practice, it got a little bit better. Some of those drills are pretty fun.”

Trio file for arbitration

The Oilers have three players who have filed for salary arbitration.

Gilbert Brule, Jeff Deslauriers and J.F. Jacques are among the list of NHLers who filed for arbitration prior to Monday’s deadline. They’ll all have hearings scheduled between July 20 and Aug. 5 in Toronto.

Brule, 23, who had 17 goals and 20 assists for the Oilers last season, made $800,000 and is due to receive a mandatory 5% raise, as is Deslauriers, who made $625,000.

Jacques, 25, had four goals and seven assists in 49 games last season. He was due to get a 10% raise on the $550,000 he made last year.

Moores gets a new job

Former assistant coach Billy Moores has been assigned a new position with the club.

On Tuesday, Moores was named the Oilers’ co-ordinator of player development. He will work with Mike Sillinger, who is the director of player development. No surprise, they will work in the newly created player development department.

Moores had been working as a scout since being relieved of his assistant coaching duties after the dismissal of head coach Craig MacTavish.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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