Taylor Hall is 21 years old and the leader of a group of talented kids on the way to glory. This past season, he was among the very best forwards in the NHL. Stand back.
RE 13-14: 70, 37-45-82
- That’s a HUGE reach. Not really. Hall was 1.11/game last season, this is 1.17/game. For me, Hall looks like he has another gear. This estimate assumes that he’ll take another step forward and that’s the bet here. Taylor Hall passed the point per game plateau in the short season, my bet is he’ll stretch it out this winter and push for the 1st All-Star team.
- Doesn’t he need to make the 2nd All-Star team before that? Already earned the award, didn’t get it because NHL.
- What are the arrows that lead you to believe he can score at this rate? Last season, he got a late start because he was recovering from the shoulder surgery. This fall, he’s going to be taking a running start. Plus, he’s been improving each season so it’s a reasonable bet he’ll do it again.
- You didn’t project Eberle to step forward like this after his big season. Yes.
- You keep saying he’s going super nova? WHEN? Well, Hall’s 5×5/60 this season was 3.15 and that ranked him 6th in the NHL among forwards who played 30 or more games. That number was second in the western conference behind Jonathan Toews (3.19). This is good company he’s keeping. And he was 2nd among LW’s in that category, behind Pittsburgh’s Kunitz who had a linemate pushing the river. If Taylor Hall doesn’t get one ounce better–and I believe he will get better–that’s an outstanding player, the best Oiler player in 20 years.
- What is he good at? I don’t think there are a lot of limits on him at this point. 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. And he’s frightening to the defensemen, you can see it now, they’re just throwing their stick in there and taking a penalty when they’re beaten–that didn’t happen a couple of years ago, they weren’t convinced–and he’s a target for the opposition every night. He is stunning at taking a pass in mid-flight, man I’ve watched Oiler wingers botch that breakout pass for two decades and this guy treats every pass like it’s a delicate flower–cradles it, controls it and then he’s gone baby gone. It’s kind of breathtaking.
- Lindy Ruff doesn’t think he’s developing defensively. Lindy Ruff can kiss my ass.
- Are the Oilers a different team with him on the ice? Yes, yes. More swagger, more attitude–that moment he hit Clutterbuck, you knew that was no valentine–and he has a helluva motor. I think he and Eberle have a real chemistry and it’s likely to be a long time before those two spend extended time on other lines.
- What would be better than having Taylor Hall? Having two Taylor Hall’s? I don’t know. He’s a dream. A wonderful, wonderful dream. I remember the first time I saw Ralph Intranuovo or Andrew Cogliano skate like mad down the ice and curl inside the blue; it’s exciting, something is happening!–I’m waiting for more to happen, but it never did, because they were miles from the scoring zone. Hall acts like he’s prepared his entire being for that moment where he’s one on one with the blue–he’ll try to skate by, deke by, run over, fake, shoot, whatever, but it’s all about pressure and it’s all about going for the kill. It’s like God is rewarding us for all those curls inside the blue line with one bad ass stud who’s kicking butt and taking names.
- So, you like him? Man. Man o man. What a player.
- Should Eakins play him with Nuge and Eberle? I’ve been thinking about this and suspect the answer is yes. Hey, maybe try Samwise with this group but chemistry is chemistry and sometimes it just works; the Oilers should have enough firepower to put together a formidable 2line.
- What can he be? I think we’re seeing an impact player here. It looks like he’s going to be an even strength monster and a power play contributor at a high level. He’s going to get the tough opposition and he’s going to grind the other team. I cannot wait to see this guy play 7 playoff games against one team. They will hate him like we hated Modano, and that my friends is music!
- What’s a good nickname, aside from Hallsy? Chance. Shift after shift after shift. Chance Machine. Man.
- What’s the next step for Taylor Hall? 40 goals, playoff run, 1st All-Star, major award. There’s no guarantee they all happen this year, but then again 2013-14 could be the year Edmonton heads back to the promised land (second season). Ladies and gentlemen, a giant walks among us.
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
THE LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
- Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports. Steve will talk Blue Jays, Nonis and Olympics.
- Jill Horbay from FC Edmonton. Jill will give us the latest on the Eddies as they prepare for the second half of the season.
- Jungle Jim Hunter will talk about baseball and PEDs.
- Rob Vollman from ESPN and Hockey Prospectus. Rob’s book release is today! If you check out his twitter you’ll see the cover, we’ll spend an hour on the show today looking inside. Bruce McCurdy from Cult of Hockey will join us.