Oilers' Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle targets of AHL opponents' shut-down lines

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, along with fellow Oiler-truned-Baron Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, have...

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, along with fellow Oiler-truned-Baron Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, have provided the OKC Barons with some much-needed offence despite being targeted by opponents' shut-down lines. (Rob Ferguson, OKC Barons)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

Despite their personal success with the Edmonton Oilers last season, Jordan Eberle knew he and his sidekicks, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, weren't just going to show up and light up the American Hockey League this year.

Having spent a brief period in the AHL on his way up to play with the Oilers, Eberle was aware of the calibre of the league and knew it would take some time to find traction.

"It's a great league," said Eberle. "It's very underrated, most guys don't understand how good it is. I knew what to expect, although it was a little different coming down from the NHL rather than going up from the AHL. But it's nice that Taylor and Ryan are here as well. It makes it a lot easier."

Not surprisingly, the trio of young Oilers find themselves near the top of the Oklahoma City Barons scoring charts heading into Friday's games against the visiting San Antonio Rampage.


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