On Tuesday afternoon, many fantasy hockey owners woke up to some very devastating news. The Edmonton Oilers announced that LW Taylor Hall was going to miss at least four weeks of the season with an apparent knee injury.
Hall was injured in the team’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. It didn’t appear to be a very serious injury, but the fact that he will be on the shelf for a month shows that the injury was much worse than the team originally thought.
Hall was the first overall selection in the 2010 draft and has matured into a superstar fantasy forward. The left winger totaled 50 points in 45 games in the lockout-shortened 2012 season and had already racked up eight points (three goals/five assists) through the first nine games of this year. He was in the middle of another solid fantasy season before his latest setback.
Hall was once again producing on the team’s first line that includes C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and RW Jordan Eberle. Ryan Jones will unfortunately replace the forward on the team’s top line, and the underachieving winger could be worth a pickup in deeper leagues while Hall recovers.
Fantasy owners with Hall on their roster will simply have to remain patient. The young sharpshooter will be back in a couple weeks and will pick up right where he left off before his injury.