Taylor Hall Comes off the Injured Reserve

By Emma Harger

Taylor Hall has made it official with an announcement on his Twitter: he is no longer on the injured reserve and is now free to get back onto the ice and play.

Hall had an injury-ridden sophomore season, including a freak accident with a skate blade that resulted in a big nasty scar on his forehead–although he’s reportedly reduced the appearance of that scar by using a certain brand of skin cream–but what ended his season early was a shoulder injury requiring major surgery and months of healing.

Though he was still injured over the summer, he also signed a seven-year contract extension with Edmonton and was just one of the many players to get a big new contract offered before the lockout began.

Now he can join the AHL Oklahoma City Barons, a team that has been very good in its first games of the season. They’re in third place in a strong AHL South Division behind the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) and Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild). Out of seven games played to date, the Barons have a 4-3-0 record.

Plus, the Barons lineup has been infused with a lot of young Oilers talent as a side effect of the NHL lockout. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle are both there along with other young guns like Magnus Paajarvi, Justin Schultz and Kristians Pelss.

Hall has already been hanging out in Oklahoma City recently, as seen on his Twitter. He’s been by the pool in mid-October, attended Barons games as a spectator and become part of a bike gang with Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins and Schultz.

Now all the members of the bike gang can ride to the Cox Convention Center and play for the Barons.

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