Though he has put up decent numbers the past couple of seasons, it hasn’t been easy for Taylor Hall. He’s dealt with a variety of injury issues that have held him back from breaking out as a superstar in the NHL.
This year, that hasn’t been the case. He’s left those health-related woes behind him and has turned into one of the league’s top performers. While the Edmonton Oilers wait for the rest of their young talent to reach its potential, Hall is certainly beginning to realize his.
Hall has 41 points so far this season in 35 games. If this was a full season, he’d easily eclipse his career high of 53. Even without the full 82-game schedule, Hall may very well set a new career high for points. That’s especially due to the fact that he seems to be heating up as the season has worn on.
Hall is fresh off of a six-game point streak that took place as March turned into April. It was a streak that featured four multi-point games, including a hat trick and another performance in which he notched five points, four of which were assists. His 28 assists are tops on the team, and his 13 goals are second, behind only Sam Gagner.
This guy is an absolute nightmare to play against. He’s one of the fastest, and hardest, skaters in the game. Regardless of the caliber of defenseman that he’s matching up against, there’s going to be a problem trying to handle him. Now that he’s healthy, we’re seeing the damage he can do on a nightly basis.
Hall has never played in April before. Injuries have cost him the latter portion of the last two seasons. Now that he’s healthy, he’s becoming an absolute force in this league. The Oilers may not make the playoffs this year, but Hall stands on the cusp of establishing himself as a superstar.