In his last 6 games in OKC, Taylor Hall has delivered 27 shots on goal, an average of 4.5 per game. In his first 6 games, he was 3-1-4 -2. Since then, Hall is 13, 5-14-19 and +4.
- OKC coach Todd Nelson: “He has a very powerful stride. His knee bend is textbook, how you’re supposed to skate. He has a lot of ability. But the way he learned to stride as a kid, his technique is almost flawless.”
- Windsor Spitfires GM Warren Rychel: “He always had pop in his legs. His skating was unbelievable. He’s always been just as fast with the puck as without. That’s a unique trait. He has no qualms about mixing it up in the corners. He can skate and wants the puck more than anyone else. Combine his fearlessness with his speed, he’s a unique player. There’s a reason why he went No. 1 overall.”
The source for these quotes is here. I think it is easy for us (all of us) to forget about his shoulder (and other) injuries, surgery and become impatient waiting for Hall to dominate. Jonathan Willis wrote a nice piece at Oilers Nation today about Edmonton having a possible advantage if the season begins in January and for me the big advantage is the organization didn’t push Taylor Hall. It might seem like a small item, but long time fans of the Oildrop know that patience is not in great supply for the Oilers when injured players are close to returning.
A small silver lining to the future? Possibly. I do think the benefits for Taylor Hall could be huge. Get that shoulder right and God knows what he can do–certainly Hall was outstanding in 2011-12 playing at less than 100%.
What can we expect when he’s healthy? I can’t wait.