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Hall returns to Edmonton for medical clearance, hopes to make AHL debut soon

Oct 26, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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All Taylor Hall needs to start playing for AHL Oklahoma City is clearance from a doctor.

As such, he’s flying to Edmonton to meet with a team physician.

“I’m outta here [Oklahoma City] Sunday,” Hall told the Edmonton Sun. “I’ll see the doctor Monday and hopefully be back here as soon as possible and be back next weekend to play my first games.”

The 20-year-old winger is itching to play hockey again. He hasn’t appeared in a competitive contest since Mar. 16 — a 3-1 win over Calgary — when he was nailed into the boards by Flames defenseman Cory Sarich.

The hit left Hall with a concussion that derailed his season (he finished with just 65 games played, but still managed to rack up 22 goals and 42 points.)

While out, the decision was made for Hall to have surgery to repair his shoulder…a procedure that’s kept him out for much longer than he would’ve liked.

“It feels good,” Hall said about the shoulder. “It’s felt good for a long time. I’m sure I could have started the season in the NHL. I just haven’t been cleared yet.

“That’s up to the doctor Monday. I’m pretty hopeful I will be.”

Hall probably wants to get into the Barons lineup so he can skate alongside Oilers teammates Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The pair has been lighting it up at the AHL level, combining for 10 points in five games.

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