This time last year, uneasiness was Taylor Hall's constant companion.

Even the National Hockey League's No.1 draft pick did not know whether or not he was going to make the Edmonton Oilers' roster for the season opener.

Hall said on Thursday that it wasn't until the regular season was five games old that he got the word that he was staying put, so he is well aware of the tension some of his teammates are now experiencing.

"It is a tough time. All you can do is come to the rink and work as hard as you can, but it's not fun not knowing where you're going to be the next day," said Hall, who is in a much different frame of mind in his second NHL training camp as the Oilers head into their final two pre-season games.