Today, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall signed his first American Hockey League contract.

Tomorrow, he'll be playing.

That's the word out of Oklahoma City after Hall was medically cleared from injured reserve, meaning he's officially a locked-out NHL player — and officially ready to join the AHL.

Hall will debut for the Barons on Friday against the Houston Aeros, likely alongside center Chris VandeVelde and RW Magnus Paajarvi.

If you're wondering why OKC isn't loading up Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle on the same line, here's Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal to explain:

VandeVelde, who may have surpassed Anton Lander in the Oilers' organizational chart at centre because he's got more offensive juice, and Paajarvi played together in the AHL playoffs last spring along with Teemu Hartikainen. It was the Barons' most productive unit, but the burly Hartikainen will be with Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle against the Minnesota Wild affiliate.