Most Memorial Cup contenders like to load up on talent in advance of a playoff run, but Monday's additions are not part of the Edmonton Oil Kings master plan.

Too bad for them, because Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth could probably help.

Instead, it will have to be the other way around, with the Oil Kings coming to the aid of the two locked out Oilers.

With most of their teammates having left town for Europe or Oklahoma City in the American Hockey League, Hall and Smyth are running out of people to skate with.