EDMONTON -- The pre-game hype was all on top draft pick Taylor Hall, but it was the guy drafted the year before that stole the show for the Edmonton Oilers.
Rookie Magnus Paajarvi, selected 10th overall in the 2009 entry draft, scored a hat trick and added an assist in an impressive Oilers debut as Edmonton defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 in their pre-season home opener on Thursday.
"It felt awesome to be able to do what I did out there in my first game," said Paajarvi. "It's just unbelievable to be here and playing with NHL players. I'm still taking it all in. I already feel very comfortable. All credit to my linemates. They are great to play with. Today was a great day for the whole team."