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Oilers GM says team is ‘close’ on whom they’ll take

Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini said that his Oilers, who are the owners of the top overall pick in Friday night’s NHL [1] draft, have nearly reached a decision on whom they will select in Los Angeles.

“We’re close,” Tambellini said. “But we haven’t formally sat down as a group and said, ‘This is who we’re taking.’ ”

The Oilers have Windsor Spitfires left wing Taylor Hall [2] and Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin [3] to choose between. Seguin is the top-ranked player according to the NHL [4] Central Scouting Bureau, but many believe the gutsy winger Hall will come off the board first after an electrifying Memorial Cup performance.

With the Bruins picking second, general manager Peter Chiarelli has been in contact with Tambellini about a potential deal that would send some sort of compensation to Edmonton in order to assure Boston’s preferred ¬†player will be available to them. The top two picks would not actually be moved in such a deal.