The hope for Oiler fans today is that RNH and or Taylor Hall will enjoy Mike Modano-like success in the NHL–with one notable exception. Modano began his career in Minnesota and helped the franchise win a Stanley in Dallas. Oiler fans would much prefer seeing the Stanley (and the Oilers) remain in Edmonton.
Interesting quote in the paper from Tom Renney in regard to Taylor Hall: “But I have heard a couple of referees come back at this young fellow – with disrespect, if not worse. I’ve said why don’t you just back off and help this young fellow understand how this could work instead of being as ignorant, if not more so.”
What now? I was a little amazed that the coach passed that along, can imagine the situation getting worse before it improves. I like Hall’s swagger, he seems less of a whiner than a guy like Crosby was at the same age and there’s a tremendous amount of “I’ll take it into my own hands” and #4. I know that runs the risk of injury, but you can’t have a bunch of wallflowers either. Taylor Hall joins the game at all levels, and at some point the calls will go his way (once he reaches a certain status) and he’ll remain that aggressive kid who gives no quarter.
I think he’s going to be a real piss cutter.
I’ve been wondering about Jordan Eberle’s shooting percentage. Several have chimed in to say it isn’t sustainable, but my question is when does shooting skill become an established level of ability. Here are Ebs’ SP’s during the last two years:
- 10-11: 11.39
The only other shooting percentages we have on this player are WJ’s (20, 32, 23.53) and that stint in the AHL (25). Bill James used to say that a hitter’s established level of ability came after three consistent seasons at a certain level. Eberle’s first two seasons are not similar. How much should we expect him to fall back next season?