Taylor Hall had an outstanding season in 12-13, and he did it in the western conference. Hall finished 2nd in WC 5×5/60, finishing a hair behind Jonathan Toews. Taylor Hall is an impact player in the NHL.
TAYLOR HALL 10-11
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.78 (4th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 3.27 (8th among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: 5th best teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: 10.3 (best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 52.0% (4th easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 51.2% (7th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 186/11.8% (4th among F’s>100 shots)
- Boxcars: 65gp, 22-20-42 (led the team in goals as a rookie)
- Plus Minus: -9 on a team that was -52.
TAYLOR HALL 11-12
- 5×5 points per 60: 2.07 (2nd among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 5.95 (2nd among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: best teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: 15.2 (best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 56.5% (3rd easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 53.6% (2nd best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 207/13% (3rd among F’s>100 shots)
- Boxcars: 61gp, 27-26-53 (led the team in PP goals-13)
- Plus Minus: -3 on a team that was -26
TAYLOR HALL 12-13
- 5×5 points per 60: 3.15 (1st among regular forwards, 6th in NHL, 2nd in WC)
- 5×4 points per 60: 5.74 (3rd among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular forwards (top line opp)
- Qual Team: 2nd best teammates among regular forwards (top linemates)
- Corsi Rel: 20.3 (2nd best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 54.8% (easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 47.9% (2nd best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 154/10.39% (6th among F’s>70 shots)
- Boxcars: 45gp, 16-34-50 +5 (led the team in points)
- Plus Minus: +5 on a team that was -15
- What do these numbers tell us? Last year’s 2.07/60 at 5×5 was inside the league’s top 70 and this year’s number has him at number 6 in the NHL. And he’s 21. Hall at 5×5 is exceptional, especially considering the rest of this roster can’t piss a drop. I mean holy hell this is ridiculous. If you weren’t riding on Hall’s wagon, you were in more hell than a little bit this season. His 5×4/60 number is also an impressive number, but it’s his even strength mojo that excites.
- How could these numbers be better? I don’t think we can ask for better, not at 21 and with this support group. The worry last year was games lost to injury (38 in two seasons) but this year has was strong, stronger, strongest. A stud. Purebred. Top drawer.
- What is he good at? He’s a problem solver. I wrote this a year ago, still applies: Hall’s all reflex with a trigger, and the wide variety of ways he scores is perhaps the most heartening thing of all. He seems to be in the scoring zone all the time–there are times when he touches the puck three times in three different areas of the offensive zone during one sortie–and does a lot of things that put him in the batter’s box often.
- What are his top end skills? Speed, shot, effort, reflex, genetics, rubbery quality, balance, passing, quick release, impatience.
- Will they move him to center? If they’re going to, this will be the time. MacT loves his C’s (Louise pointed this out yesterday) and having a roster filled with multiple possible line combinations will appeal to the new GM. However, if we arrive at fall with Hall on the wing I don’t think we hear about it for a long time.
- Why would they move him to center? Hall’s offense might suffer but he might be a more complete player, more impactful. I bet you MacT’s thought of it.
- What else is exceptional about him? He influences the game, and has done so since getting off the lear jet from Windsor.
- Any negatives? The abandon is going to get him hurt more than we’ll want, and he doesn’t have the finish of the very best shooters in the game. A minor quibble, and he gets so many chances one suspects he’ll hang some big numbers in the goals column.
- Anything about his overall numbers you want to talk about? Krueger needs to play him more. Hall was on the ice for 18:37 a game (15:19EV; 3:14PP) this past season, pretty much the same number as he played the previous season. There were 66 NHL forwards who played more per game than Taylor Hall this season. Absolutely crazy.
- Can he score 40? Sure. Healthy, I think he can clear 40 goals for sure.
- What can he be? Of all the kids we discussed a year ago, I didn’t think we could put an outer marker on Hall, and still believe that to be true (I’ll add Yakupov to that list as we move along). I said one year ago that Hall could end up being a center and a PP dynamo or maybe an EV strength monster and an outscorer. He is beginning to tell us, and it’s the best kind. The best kind of news.
- Why Thunder Road? Because the beginning is the best beginning of all. Because it’s part poetry and part smashmouth rock and roll, because it’s about being young but also realizing that time runs quickly and I think he’s about ready to trade in those wings on some wheels and make it real.
Today on “The Lowdown with Lowetide” at 10am on The Team 1260, we talk Oil Kings and more. Scheduled to appear:
- Lisa McRitchie from Kukla’s Korner. Lisa will talk about the epic Oil King-Hitmen series and the finals starting later this week in Portland.
- Rob Vollman from Hockey Prospectus and ESPN. We’ll talk about Taylor Hall’s amazing season, the playoffs and more.
- Jeff Krushell from Krush Performance. Jeff will stop by to talk baseball, the changing dynamics of football safety and sports injuries.
- Corey Graham from Team 1260′s Oil Kings broadcasts. The Oil Kings put the Hitmen away and now face Portland in the WHL finals. We’ll talk to Corey about it this morning.
Calls welcome, emails and tweets welcome (best way is twitter: Lowetide_) and we’ll have some open line time (went very well yesterday thanks for calling in and making great points). The podcast is up within minutes of the show at Team 1260′s podcasts (there’s a prompt on the home page).