Taylor Hall: Road Warrior

Taylor Hall’s rookie season has been a blessing for Oiler fans. Why? There’s always a reason to watch the town team. However, Hall has been more impressive on the road than at home. Is it a big difference? Read on.
 

Taylor Hall is becoming a target for opposition NHL teams even at this early stage of his career. And with good reason. Hall is a quality rookie wherever he plays, but on the road–and in hostile environments–he kicks ass:

HOME ROAD SPLITS/HALL 10-11

  • Home: 26gp, 6-7-13 (.500) -9
  • Road: 28gp, 11-10-21 (.750) +1

That’s a tidy difference over a little more than half of a season. Both Eberle and Pääjärvi also display better numbers on the road, but Eberle’s are less severe. Is this a case of young #4 putting too much pressure on himself? I doubt it, although he’s still a teenager. It’s difficult to remember how young he is based on how well he’s handled the pressure.

2010-2011 SPLITS/HALL 10-11

  • Oct-Dec: 37gp, 12-10-22 (.595) -7
  • Jan-Feb: 18gp, 5-7-12 (667) -1

Slight improvement offensively (slight enough to be considered random chance) but his plus minus number is markedly better since the new year. To my eye, Hall has become more involved in the play, more irritating to the opposition, more impactful on the overall spirit of the game, in these last 18 contests.

2010-11 SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE/HALL 10-11

  • first 27 games: 9-6-15 (.555) -4
  • next 27 games: 8-11-19 (.704) -4

Nice improvement in his second set of 27 games. I think that will be the theme for Hall this year. We can’t expect Stamkos splits, but it’s clear this kid is getting more comfortable and has another gear.

Which inspires a question: is Taylor Hall already the best player on the Edmonton Oilers?

 

TEAM 1260

A reminder I’ll be hosting "NATION RADIO" first edition today at noon. The first show will happen live from the Team 1260 studios and the boys from the Pipeline Show (Dean Millard and Guy Flaming) will have me on just before noon to kickstart things and hopefully hold on to some of their impressive audience.

Your calls are welcome, I will be browsing this thread for questions and comments throughout the broadcast. You are all given permission to watch the Oilers game today and to enjoy Hockey Day in Canada. However, Wanye will have the broadcast up here at Oilers Nation (an archive will be available here) shortly after the broadcast.

I hope you’ll listen. More than that, I hope you enjoy it.

  • The argument that the Oilers shouldn’t draft Nugent-Hopkins because he’s good on the powerplay is sooo strong..

    Because Edmonton’s PP is really efficient right?

    RNH does 2 things well that the Oilers don’t..

    1. Score on the PP

    2. He starts most periods and either scores,creates a chance, or draws a penalty.

  • Hopkins and Gagner much same like/type player , so one would probably have to go after a short stint . Larsson makes sense if Lowe was right and hopes to have a contender in 5-6 years from now . Does keeping Penner , Horcoff , Hemsky , make any sense keeping if they plan such a long slow process ? No , especially if any are looking for a raise ! Does keeping Khabby make any sense ? Souray we are stuck with -just buy him out and get this charade over with . See if someone will take our first line with Khabby for a first round pick this season . Then put up our entire diminutive leftovers except for maybe 2 (Gags and Eberle ) for any draft choices we can get . There , then maybe we can finally get this proper rebuild going for next season at least , and speed up the process . I see J.Short opinion of Lowe as GM is about the same as mine for Tams .

    That interview with Lowe during game yesterday sure dampened my spirit as to this rebuild process they hope might make us a contender in 5-6 years . He hopes the Oilers fans can wait that long ? He sure didn’t sound very convincing or sure it was going to even make us competitive in that timeframe .