As the NHL continues to see younger and younger players grab the spotlight, 2010 draftees are poised to seize their own time in the limelight.
As the start of the regular season grows closer, 11 of the 30 players selected in the first round this past June remain with their teams, with as many as eight of them holding legitimate shots at making an opening-night roster. Among those remaining are the first five players picked in Los Angeles.
The first pick, Edmonton forward Taylor Hall
, is no surprise. The centerpiece of the Oilers' hope to climb out of 30th in the standings, Hall made his Edmonton debut at left wing on the team's top line Thursday, scoring an unassisted goal in the third period and skating alongside center Sam Gagner
and right wing Ales Hemsky
"I was actually a lot less nervous than I thought I was going to be," said Hall, who played just over 17 minutes and finished with three shots. "For the first five minutes, it took me a little while to settle in, but then I got going from there."