As day dawns and we begin to really worry about Taylor Hall, it’s probably a good time to reflect on the impact this young man has had on the Oilers as a team. It’s always easiest to put these things per 82 games, so let’s do that:
- John Tavares 32-39-71
- Taylor Hall 31-39-70
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 20-42-62
- Tyler Seguin 23-28-51
- Nail Yakupov 25-23-48
That’s a very effective player we’re talking about here, and losing Hall for a long period of time would hurt this team terribly. However, that’s not the most devastating thing to ponder here, as time lost has to be added onto “possible loss of footspeed upon return” and that’s the knife to the heart. Now, let’s not go off half cocked here, we don’t know how bad it is and we do know they haven’t put him in crutches or rushed him off to the hospital. It looks bad, but is it?
I’d like to ask a couple of questions (and warn trolling boats to move along) of the group. #1: What is your best solution in the short term? #2: Based on the information available (video, Principe’s tweet, God knows there’s a doctor or two in this crowd) what are we looking at here?
Responsible replies please, I don’t want any “they should have wrecked Spezza posts” because it does nothing but angry up the blood. Thanks.
Added: Taylor Hall has flown to Edmonton to see Oiler doctors.