Taylor Hall skated on a line with Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky on the first day of training camp a combination head coach Dallas Eakins says is anything but random.

He says if Taylor Hall is going to play centre he wants proven veterans on the wings.

"My thought process is that obviously Smyth and Hemsky have played in this league for quite a long time and had great success" said Eakins. "I thought if I'm going to try this (centre) with Hall I'm going to get some experience on his wings right away."

The Hall experiment isn't cast in stone though.

"We'll see. If it starts to looks like it's going to work great. If not we'll get somebody else in there and pop him back over to the wing."

OUCH: Blue-chip defenceman Oscar Klefbom is off the skates for the time being after taking a head shot in the Alberta Golden Bears-Oilers rookies game.

"He got hurt in that game" said Eakins. "He got hit in the head and we're following the protocol. As with every injury he'll be re-assessed in the morning."