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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks were treated to one heck of a point streak by Hart Trophy front-runner Patrick Kane.
On Thursday night, they'll get to see a winger on the visiting Edmonton Oilers who is putting together a special season of his own.
"He's been tremendous for us," Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday when asked about Taylor Hall's season. "He's been the catalyst."
Fourth in league scoring with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 32 games, the 24-year-old Hall is on pace for a career season, helping carry his team through key injuries, including one to rookie phenom Connor McDavid.
"One of the best power skaters in the game," a rival Western Conference scout said of Hall. "Good hands plus good playmaking abilities, obviously can score goals. But his first couple of seasons, lots of us were worried about him getting hurt badly because he kept his head down. He's learning, though, and will continue to get better. A real exciting player to watch."
from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,
Winning was all Taylor Hall knew prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers.
He won the under-18 world hockey championship with Canada in 2008 and back-to-back Memorial Cups (including MVP honours) with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009-10.
But over the past five seasons, no one in the National Hockey League has experienced more losing than Hall and his Oilers teammate Jordan Eberle.
That’s why the recent world championship was such a special treat for Hall and Eberle, who not only won the gold medal, but also had the pleasure of playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and worked with new Oilers coach Todd McLellan. Hall scored the most even-strength goals in the tournament and was named an all-star.
“You kind of forget how fun it is to be a part of a group of guys who win and have results,” Hall said. “And it’s not an insult to anyone in the (Oilers) organization or anything, but it just didn’t happen for us the past five years.
“To end the season like that and to go into the summer feeling good not only about yourself, but what you can bring to a team, is a really good feeling.”
via the Edmonton Sun,
Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will be sidelined for six weeks with a bad ankle the team said is the result of slash in a game against San Jose.
The slash was on his already bad ankle and the team is calling the injury a crack.
It was close to a pre-existing bone bruise, suffered after being hit on the ankle with a puck in practice, but the team is calling it a different injury.
Hall hasn't played since the Feb. 2 game versus the Sharks, where he picked up a goal and an assists and tallied just 10:41 time on ice.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Now healthy as he can be, Hall can’t score. He has 11 goals and 29 points in 40 games, well off his normal pace.
Hall scored two goals against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 21, and got one against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 9, but that’s it in the last 24 games. He’s managed 13 assists, but no goal celebrations.
His name has come up in trade talk, which was sacrilege until now, although any player can get moved, no matter where they were picked in the draft. Tyler Seguin, who was the second pick behind Hall in 2010, was moved from the Boston Bruins after winning a Stanley Cup, albeit maybe more for how he was away from the rink than on the ice.
The Oilers aren’t shopping Hall, but general manager Craig MacTavish’s phone has likely rung, with Hall in Year 2 of a seven-year, $42-million contract.
“I’m sure teams are asking, but I’m happy here and need to get my own game untracked before worrying about that stuff,” Hall said.
“It’s a change. In year’s past, I’ve always been mentioned as a guy who won’t be traded, but now you see your name creeping up in rumours.
“My friends and family ask me about it. I tell them, ‘You really think I want to talk about being traded?’ ” he said with a laugh. “My only control over being traded is how I play. Ultimately, if I ever asked for a trade, that would be my responsibility. But I don’t want to leave, especially the way I’m playing now.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Tyler Seguin is off to Edmonton on Saturday morning, and you know what that means: Another round of Tyler-Taylor questions are coming – and these ones will be more pointed than ever, given their current career trajectories.
Tyler Seguin is on the rise. If he were a stock, it would be on the verge of a split. Seguin currently leads the NHL in goals and points, a rare feat in today’s game. Since the NHL introduced the Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy in 1999 to reward the NHL’s goal-scoring leader, only one player has managed to win both goal- and point-scoring titles in a single year, and that was Alex Ovechkin in 2008. Before that, you have to go back to 1996 and Mario Lemieux for the last time it happened.
Taylor Hall’s stock, meantime, is flat. In fact, some of the NHL’s so-called insider traders put Hall’s name on the sell list this week, after the Oilers fired coach Dallas Eakins and replaced him, on an interim basis, with the tandem of Craig MacTavish and Todd Nelson. MacTavish is the Oilers’ general manager and after reluctantly removing Eakins he promised a top-to-bottom review of the organization on the grounds that the team’s current struggles reflect a deeper problem than just coaching.
from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,
They are tired of hearing excuses. They’ve seen this organization fail year after year after year, but just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger suggested Taylor Hall might be available in a trade.
“If the untouchable label has been placed on the fortunate few (Oilers players), that’s going to change in the off-season when teams have more flexibility to make bigger and more meaningful deals.
“It’s unlikely RNH (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) will become a target given his play and value as a top-line centre. But Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and David Perron will be high on any list of players in play at the Draft when they shift from being Oilers to assets,” Dreger wrote.
Dreger has a close relationship with many inside the Oilers organization. For him to include Hall’s name as potential trade bait after the season suggests he heard it from someone within the team.
The Oilers have made some less-than-smart moves over the years, but if they are contemplating moving their most dangerous player, that illustrates they truly have no idea how to improve their hockey club.
During the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, as Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski noted, Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt...Oh hell, you know how this goes. Garbutt plus opposing player, this time Oilers forward Taylor Hall, equals knee-on-knee hit. Hall was okay, but still, this hit can be diagrammed with a s-u-s-p-e-n-s-i-o-n on the telestrator:
Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman had about 70 seconds' worth of time to issue their version of the Satellite Hotstove on Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, but they sped-talked their way through the following topics:
1. Cox says questions were surrounding Kaberle-Rangers participation in Kaberle's skate in Toronto today as the New Jersey Devils have had Scott Gomez around for over a month, but he can't travel with them on the road as he's not under contract/can't be paid;
Kaberle is allowed to travel with the team, per an NHL memo, for about 10 days before the team has to sign him or let him go, so the Rangers have to make their decision in another 7 days.
2. Friedman reports that while Taylor Hall remains on the IR with a sprained knee, Hall can at least skate early next week, though his timeline has not changed;
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The Edmonton Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, and as CBS Sports' Adam Gretz notes, Oilers forward Adam Hall left the game after a legal Chris Tanev shove yielded Hall tumbling off the goalpost and into the end boards. Hall left the game, and Sportsnet's "Ref Cam" added a particularly scary in-person perspective to the collision:
“It’s gotten to the point now, not just for myself but for every player on our team, if we’re going to get the recognition … our team has to be a better team than it’s been in the pas. When we see players vault to levels that they weren’t at before, it’s usually because of their playoff performance. Or the way they were able to get their team into the playoffs.
“The same applies to me: In order for me to get the recognition I want from Edmonton fans and outside sources … it’s going to have to be because our team is good.”
-Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers. More on Hall from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
By skipping out on the World Championship, Hall was able to add a month to his workout regimen this off-season.
“That was probably the main reason why I didn’t go to Worlds, I wanted to give myself a really good summer to train,” Hall said. “It seemed like every summer I either had surgery or World Championships or an ankle to heal, so this summer was good for me in that regard. I got some good training in, I got on the ice a little bit earlier than I usually do, and hopefully, that helps out. I’m feeling good, I’m feeling healthy, I’m ready to go and I can’t wait for camp to start.”
Playing for the same head coach for two consecutive years should also benefit Hall heading into the year. In his four previous seasons with the Oilers, Hall has played for three different coaches, all seemingly wanting different things from him. This year, Dallas Eakins will be back behind the Oilers bench.
“That’s a really nice way to go into a year,” Hall said. “There is no awkward handshake at the start of the season (with new coach), it’s a business-like attitude now. I think Dallas feels really comfortable that way and I think all of us players over the course of 82 games got to know what Dallas expects from us and now we can hit ground running at camp.”
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
The Taylor versus Tyler drama at the 2010 draft was, really, driven more by alliteration than uncertainty. Taylor Hall may not have been a slam-dunk first-overall pick ahead of fast-rising Tyler Seguin, but by the time the Edmonton Oilers brass walked to the stage in Los Angeles, it would’ve been genuinely surprising to hear them call a name other than Hall’s.
Four years later, however, you can make cracking cases for both players as preferable to the other—which is exactly what we’re about to do.
Hall and Seguin have had different experiences through the early stages of their pro careers, Seguin having been to the Stanley Cup final twice with the Bruins, while Hall has yet to see his first playoff game in Edmonton. By the same token, both players have endured their share of hardship. Hall has faced perpetual questions about when the sad-sack Oilers will turn things around, while Seguin never blended in Boston, leading to a much-needed trade to Dallas just over 12 months ago.
Beyond similar first names, these players are linked by all-world speed and skill. But if we were to draft all over again, who would you take first?
The Calgary Flames' 8-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers had a beautiful moment, and it had a couple of ugly ones, too. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker noted, another Oilers fan threw a jersey on the ice (again), but MyRegularFace on Twitter captured Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens tossing it back into the crowd...
And Scrivens was having none of it after the game, either, as Sportnset noted:
If you missed how Hall was injured, you can watch it below...
via Sean Farrell at NHL.com,
Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall left his team's game Saturday against the Ottawa Senators in the second period with an injury to his left knee. He will not return.
Hall was called for slashing after he was hit hard by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba at 11:04 of the period. He came out of the penalty box and stayed on the ice briefly before going to the dressing room with 6:42 left in the period.
Watch the play below...
added 6:09pm, from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
In the second period of the Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Oilers game on Saturday, Senators defenceman Eric Gryba knocked Taylor Hall out of the game with a knee-on-knee hit. Hall left the game with a left knee injury.
continued with picture evidence... and I have also added a 2nd video below, scroll to the :40 mark to see the knee-on-knee hit...
video via Sportsnet,
Is (Taylor) Hall taking a dirty run at a guy like Clutterbuck going to make the next guy think about getting in Hall's business?
-Chris Stevenson of Sun Media. More at the Toronto Sun on this topic.
The Taylor Hall suspension is explained by Brendan Shanahan.
Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is out for the season and faces a long road to recovery from shoulder surgery.
Hall will undergo labral shoulder surgery on his left shoulder and hopes to be healthy again in time for next season.
“Recovery time will be between five and six months, so our hope is that Taylor will be ready for the start of next season.” said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini. “He’s going to have an incredible career, so this is the right time to take care of business and get this (surgery) done.”
Hall injured the shoulder for the first time in junior and has been playing through it for most of this season.
“It’s not the way I envisioned my career starting, but I hope to stay healthy after this and be a good Oiler for a long time,” said Hall.
Hall will not return, Sarich received 2 for roughing for the scrum that followed.
added 11:28pm, a better quality video has been added below…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Taylor Hall’s meltdown came in front of a national television audience on Saturday.
So did the questioning of his coach’s decision to pull the goaltender in the later stage of a game when they were already three goals down.
It was a reaction the Edmonton Oilers sophomore was regretting the next morning, even though many thought it was refreshing to see someone upset with the circumstances.
“It was just a bit of frustration,” said Hall. “We all want to win, we all care, and to have that kind of result and the effort that we put in (Saturday) night isn’t what we wanted it.
“After that goal, I was just so frustrated at the whole sequence of events and I wasn’t singling out Tom by any means. I respect everything that Tom does and it was kind of embarrassing on my part to say that. But we moved on, we talked about it and everything is fine.”
Even the worst lip-readers could make out Hall’s questioning the whereabouts of his team’s goaltender as Lee Stempniak scored into an empty net to seal the Calgary Flames 6-2 victory Saturday. He then wondered aloud why the Oilers would pull the goaltender in that situation.
via NHL Oilers tweet,
“I’m feeling better. I’d like to thank our trainers & the Columbus medical staff.” - (Taylor) Hall
Multiple reports state he is being treated for a cut above his eye and it could be a pretty serious one that may require more than stitches. Reports also state this work is being done at the arena.
added 7:59pm, A slightly better quality video can be watched below…
via Joanne Ireland tweet,
No sling. No surgery. No reason to stay off the ice according to #Oilers T Hall who says he can skate during rehab. Still, he’s out 2-4 wks.
Alexander Edler received two minutes for an illegal check to head.
In an ideal world, (Taylor) Hall wouldn’t have to fight, because that’s not what he’s good at. But to protect him you would need the repeal of the instigator rule, which would open the door to a new generation of Dave Semenkos. And since Bob Probert was just found to have had the degenerative neurological disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and since part of that disease can likely be attributed to his 240 career fights, bringing back the mastadons seems like a bad idea, too.
So we come back to the same old place. Protect yourself, kid, because the NHL will only do it if it’s Trevor Gillies taking unashamed runs at your head, or Chris Simon stomping on your leg. It’s how hockey works, and it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.
-Bruce Arthur of the National Post. Read more on this topic.
The Edmonton Oilers released the following…
Taylor Hall has a left high ankle sprain which requires 8 weeks to heal, therefore he will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
We will have more details and reaction tomorrow morning on edmontonoilers.com.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Edmonton Oilers’ rookie Taylor Hall said Thursday morning that he had only been in two junior fights in his hockey life and didn’t like his chances with the bigger boys in the NHL, but after one goal and a dazzling rush later, Hall shockingly dropped the mitts with one of the toughest pound-for-pound customers, Derek Dorsett, eight hours later.
Give Hall an A for bravery, but an F for foolishness after he exchanged punches with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward, who’s had 14 fights this season. Hall hung in after instigating the scrap in the wake of a hard Dorsett hit along the boards, but fell to the ice, landed awkwardly and injured his left ankle. There was no immediate word on how badly he was hurt but it didn’t look good as he limped to the dressing room.
continue for more on the game… and watch the fight below….
Days like this must give Edmonton fans a reason to feel good about the future.
Only penalty was Dustin Penner received 2 minutes for roughing.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
A controversy is likely to soon begin as to whether he’ll also deserve to be the first winner in Oilers history of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
With 12 goals and 11 assists going into the team’s 41st game of the season, Hall projects to roughly a 25-goal, 25-assist, 50-point campaign.
That would compare favourably with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and his 23-23-46 season two years ago, or John Tavares and his 24-30-54 point season for the New York Islanders last year.
Hall’s projected totals also stack up nicely against the 29-22-51 Ilya Kovalchuk posted in his rookie year for the Atlanta Thrashers.
The horse that is the comparison between Phil Kessel and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been beaten to death. Except Tyler Seguin is the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and he has been named constantly.
But while Tyler Seguin’s name echoes across Toronto relentlessly, Taylor Hall’s does not.
Last year, the Toronto Maple Leafs finished with 74 points in the regular season, 12 points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers who finished with 62 points.
Were it not for the Kessel trade, however, the Maple Leafs would have been the undisputed worst team in the NHL last season.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
At 18 years old Taylor Hall faces a bank of cameras and microphones in front of his dressing room stall almost every single day of his professional life.
To his credit, it is a rare occasion when he slips up, as he likely did Monday when asked whether his Oilers will have to play better against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday than they had in Sunday’s 12-shot effort, a 2-1 loss to Vancouver.
“Hopefully we can compete a lot harder. Because (Toronto) is a team that, if we do, it’s there for the taking,” said Hall, a 29-game veteran of the wars.
There for the taking, eh?
You can just hear Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson ripping that quote out of the morning paper and handing it to the dressing room attendant with a roll of tape.
from Gene Principe of Oilers.com,
OK now that is a little more like it…actually a lot more like it from Taylor Hall. That’s the guy Edmonton thought they were getting when they used the first overall pick to select the Windsor Spitfire winger. How good has he been lately? Really good. The kid has been impressive on how often he scores and how he does it
I don’t know if I can fully explain the certain quality he has that not many are born with and that’s wanting to be the ‘guy’, the gamebreaker, the game changer. It’s like he eats pressure for dinner. He showed it Saturday night when there was the opportunity to get the puck from Ryan Whitney. He was yelling for the puck, he wanted it. He wanted the puck and the game on his stick.
Did you really have any doubt he was going to be the OT hero? When I saw him in all alone I figured Jaroslav Halak had no chance of stopping that puck.
continued and if you missed the OT goal, watch it below. You will also see Andy McDonald suffer an upper-body injury when his head meets the knee of an Oiler player.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The Edmonton Oilers and Taylor Hall say a CBC report that the rookie and his family pressured a reluctant Kevin Lowe into turning over No.4 before the season is total fabrication.
The CBC.ca website says “Team Hall demanded the number he wore in Windsor and wasn’t going to take no for an answer.
“Team Hall’s approach to securing the No. 4 sweater has bothered a lot of people both inside and outside the Edmonton Oilers‚ organization,” writes Mark Seidel, who doesn’t provide any sources, named or anonymous.
“We all assumed that Hall wouldn’t dare raise the issue of taking Lowe’s famous number. We were wrong and once it became apparent that this was the Team Hall plan, a lot of people in the game were outraged.”
Lowe, who wore 4 for his entire career, vehemently denied the CBC report and Hall himself rolled his eyes at the story.
Taylor Hall was all over the ice in the 2nd and 3rd period last night.
Pretty impressive show, now all he has to do is convert.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
Four games ago, the Edmonton Oilers’ first-round draft pick was the wunderkind who could do no wrong.
In his NHL regular-season debut, he was creating chances, fuelling hope. Now there are suggestions from the a segment of fans that the 18-year-old may be better served returning to junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires for another season.
That’s not likely to happen, said Oilers head coach Tom Renney, who figured Hall played his best game on Saturday against the Flames in Calgary.
“He’s going to be here all year unless somebody tells me otherwise,” said Renney. “That’s a conversation you’d have down the road if, in fact, there was something that seems consistent in his game that really prevents him from moving forward. I’m not there.
“I think he’ll just get better (and) that’s an assimilation we’re prepared to work with. And not just with him but others in our lineup in a year where we think we can afford to do that and, quite honestly, we need to.”
Maybe we can add Dan Ellis as an alumnus of the Hasek School of Stickhandling?
Taylor Hall will never have an easier goal.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Taylor Hall’s weight jumped from 185 to 194 in the three months since Edmonton picked him first overall.
Who knew the weight of the world was only nine pounds?
The marquee man in the club’s resurrection effort showed up for fitness and medical testing Friday looking bigger and more relaxed than he was in June, says he’s ready to begin his journey into the NHL and seems quite at peace with the staggering expectations.
“I feel a little bit stronger,” said Hall, who’ll see his first live fire in Oilers colours this week at the five-team rookie tournament in Penticton. “I don’t want to come here this season promising the world, but I do feel strong and I feel that I’m ready to play.
“Since the development camp (in mid summer) I’ve turned into a stronger player and a more mature person. I’ve realized I have to change everything I do in my life to be in the NHL.”
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with left-winger Taylor Hall on a three-year NHL entry level contract.