Taylor Hall is going to become a polarizing figure amongst Oiler fans.
Lowetide, bless his heart, continues to call him “Chance” but nothing could be farther from the truth.
Coach Todd Nelson told us that Taylor Hall is ‘day to day with a bone bruise’ and that’s good news for Oilers fans. Whatever else you think about Taylor Hall (I’ve found a wide range of opinions on this player, which is baffling), arguing the team is better without him is insane. I can’t imagine he’ll pass on the Buffalo game unless they put him in a straitjacket so will assume we’ll see Chance tomorrow.
Hall is currently ranked 55th in the NHL in SOG.
If your “chance machine” isn’t in the top 30, you’re done.
For example, Tyler Seguin has 193 SOG…Hall has 123.
Over a full season, that’s a difference of 337 – 219.
If shooting percentages are roughly equal…well you know how this will turn out.
So, I think there are a couple of items we can look at when assessing what’s going on here.
When the Taylor/Tyler debate was raging, there were more than a few of us (me included) who thought Hall’s reckless style of play would lead to injury.
It has…in spades.
Seguin has already played 43 more games than Hall and has more goals (121-103) and more points (258-254) than Hall.
There’s no reason to believe that will change anytime soon.
The other issue is Hall’s style of play.
His early success was based on his outside speed and it would appear that a combination of his injuries and the oppositions’ knowledge of how to defend him has rendered that advantage pretty much null and void.
Hall is currently ranked 103rd in 5V5/60 at 1.93 (Seguin is at 2.88)
If that’s your best player…no way, no chance.
If Hall is going to have value he is going to have to stay healthy and re-invent his game.
I wouldn’t count on either.