The Oilers Trade Taylor Hall to New Jersey

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Wait… let me compose myself. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *faints* The Oilers have reportedly traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey straight across for Adam Larsson.

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Taylor Hall has been traded to the New Jersey Devils straight across for Adam Larsson. From where I blog, I’m going to go out and say that this has to be one of the worst Oilers trades in the history of the franchise. As a straight up deal this is absolutely terrible. Taylor Hall is one of the best left wingers in the NHL and Adam Larsson is currently a second pairing defenseman, and, frankly, there’s no way to spin this in the Oilers favour. Chiarelli grossly overpaid for a right handed defenseman. Full stop.

Aside from writing hate filled letters to Chiarelli’s office I’m trying to hold out hope that he’s not done yet — it’s the only thing that will keep me from thinking that Chiarelli has lost the plot. Even so, Adam Larsson isn’t a top 20 defenseman in the league and Chiarelli felt the need to move one of the best left wingers in the league for him. The pressure on Larsson coming in to this season will be astronomical, and I find it hard to believe that he will be able to live up to the billing of being the guy they traded Taylor Hall to get.



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Upon first glance at his numbers, one might not be overly impressed. But there is much more to Larsson’s game than numbers. He is a workhorse, capable of logging major minutes in all situations. He has played with uncommon poise for a player of his age in a league against men in the Swedish Elite League the past two years. Simply put, there aren’t very many holes in Larsson’s game. He is the complete package, capable of taking over a game with his size, skating and elite two-way skills. He’s likely not going to ever contribute elite offensive numbers from the backend, but he is more than capable of rushing the puck end-to-end, making great stretch passes with his superb vision and unleashing a hard and accurate point shot.

From Last Word on Sports

Adam Larsson’s situation is very much a lesson on how to develop players. The young gun stepped into the NHL at the age of 18 after two solid seasons playing in Sweden’s top league. Confidence is always crucial, but to a youthful player, it’s everything.  Newcomers to the NHL are going to make mistakes, and they are especially glaring if they are playing defense or goaltending. Punishing players for every single error is counterproductive, especially in the modern NHL where teaching and communication are key.

For New Jersey, their defensive core is shaping up nicely thanks to Larsson, Merrill, Gelinas and Severson. If all goes well in their development, the Devils have the makings of a very good blueline. Adam Larsson may not be the flashiest guy, or put up the numbers that some expected him to, but his game has become so much more than that. Being trusted to play big minutes every night against the top players in the game is no small feat, and teams crave individuals like that. The 22-year old defenseman has the tools, and now the confidence, to be a top defender — now it’s time for him to prove it.


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 2 16 18 20 -7 5 1 1 4
2012-13 Albany Devils AHL 33 4 15 19 24 -1
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 37 6 6 12 4
2013-14 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 1 2 3 12 -1
2013-14 Albany Devils AHL 33 3 16 19 16 2 4 2
2014-15 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 3 21 24 34 2
2014-15 Albany Devils AHL 1 2 2 1
2015-16 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 3 15 18 77 15
NHL Totals 274 9 60 69 155 5 1 1 4
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  • crackerjacksregular

    Now I really know how an England soccer fan feels, I am gutted at losing Hall but wish him well. I would of rather seen Ebs or Nuge go but I take this a sign that we will sign Lucic. Bottom line is through no fault of their own the old core didn’t get it done. The new core is Conner, Jesse, Darnell & Leon. Lets get some D, draft picks and enjoy the ride. Oil to be over .500 this season!


    It’s obvious RHD are highly coveted in the NHL and we paid dearly for the privilege of adding one.

    Was Hall really the cancer in that Locker-room? Previous teammates threw him under the bus. Could there be somethin there? Will you believe he was the problem if we suddenly make a run for the playoffs next season?

    Could management see McDavid putting himself in the shadow (out of respect) of Hall?

    Yes, on paper this trade looks crappy, but only time will tell. Now McDavid runs our team, him and him alone.

    IF we get Lucic McDavid wil be sourounded with massive size and grit and we may just make a run to the playoffs. If this happens, I for one will be happy someone had the BALLS to end the freak show and Decade of Darkness once and for all.

    Let’s all be 100% honest, we don’t care HOW we win our 6th Stanley Cup. We can have an entire team of 3rd liners…as long as we win, right?

  • Halls points last year: 65 pts in 82 games.

    Oilers goal differential last year: – 43 (28th worst int eh league).

    Larsson and even Lucic will not replace Hall’s offence, but maybe they will cut down enough goals to make it a net positive.

    PS, lowest GD in western conference to make the playoffs was Minnesota with + 9. Offense is great, but do not kid yourselves on how badly Oilers needed D.

    • Masma

      that’s why you are all upset , just because you get to play GM on your Xbox doesn’t make you a GM in real life. the market has spoken oilers players are not as valuable around the league as you thought

      you guys think Chia didn’t try to get a top pairing D ? this was as close as he probably could. if there’s 20 top 1 defencemen a big IF why would teams wanna get rid of them for over paid wingers? wingers are easier to get than top defenceman

  • Ron Burgundy

    I love how the theme of seemingly every article on ON for the last 6 months (or 4 years) has been that the Oil need an RHD, and that they are going to have to overpay to get one, and now that we have done exactly that the sky is falling.

    I will guarantee that 99% of people on here saying this is a terrible deal have ever seen Adam Larsson play hockey. He’s a good player. Is he as good as Taylor Hall? No, but he’s a h-e-l-l of a lot better than anybody else we have on the right side.

    I say welcome Adam – with your extremely reasonable contract for the next 5 years, history of logging big, tough minutes, and your offensive upside (albeit modest). It’s like we just cloned Klefbom.

    Now hopefully we are also soon saying welcome to Milan to fill in on the left side. And hopefully we are not saying welcome to Demers…

  • charlie manson

    I was a Hall fan,I liked the way he played.But if this means one step closer to being a competitive team,I’m all for it…Can’t finish 30th,29th,28th,27th every season.And maybe theirs dressing room issues,but I think we could’ve still got alittle more.

  • Stack Pad Save

    I’m reserving judgement on this trade until half way through next season. I cant wait to see how this effects the Oilers as a team. Obviously as of today the Oilers lost the trade. I am curious to see is this makes the Oilers a better team.

    If this makes the Oilers a better team then I will be okay with losing this trade. I am not a huge Taylor Hall fan. I am a huge Oilers fan. So, if this makes us better than I don’t care Taylor left to make the Oilers better.

  • Shameless Plugger

    We just got better at keeping pucks out of our net. Something that’s been a problem for a looooong a$$ time. I’m going to wait and see if we become a better TEAM before I lambaste Chia on this one. Seems like an overpay but the proof will be in the pudding. Bold move for certain.

  • NDOilersfan

    I feel like my afternoon was summed up perfectly by the immortal words of Freeza:

    “Oh, I’m sorry. I’m usually far more composed. I’m just a little bit absolutely livid”

  • camdog

    As much as the Oilers were trading for Larsson, they were trading to get rid of Hall. That’s what this move says to me. Otherwise the trade makes absolutely no sense, but then again with PC you never know, he just likes to make bold moves once in awhile just because he can.

    • herb

      I think you’re partly right but you have no comprehension of the player we’re getting back.

      The new administration stated they would take last year to evaluate personnel and identify need. So they do so and because it goes against everything you believe to be true you and others attack.

      I’ve been calling for this type of trade for more than two years and have taking a ton of flack. I was the first to my knowledge to take that position.

      I could simply write until my fingers were sore and outline why this type of trade makes sense but it will contradict much of what you believe.

      This is the day the Oilers pivoted towards becoming a contender again.

      For 20 years I’ve been openly critical of the Oilers GM, scouts etc but today they have given me confidence that they will again be a team all of us can be proud of.

      • camdog

        “I could simply write until my fingers were sore and outline why this type of trade makes sense but it will contradict much of what you believe.”

        Please expand I’m not a “Fanboy”. I have nothing against trading Hall and think PC wanted to move him to change the culture in the room. Don’t think that really contradicts what you have been saying for the last 2 years at all…Still would have liked to get a couple of draft picks out of the deal.

        • herb

          What almost all fans & media that watched Hall bought into was that he was ‘the driver” which couldn’t be further from the truth. If Hall played a more traditional leftwing he would be a much more efficient player imo. The saying “less is more” describes exactly what Hall should subscribe to.

          What I saw in Halls play, almost no structure, irresponsible, difficult for line-mates to play with, a 100 foot game at best without grit, and an immaturity that defied leadership.

          Hall bought into the hockey analytics that Eakins preached and that imo is what impaired his development. He began playing the game to drive his corsi etc.

          Lack of Hockey IQ is an attribute that is undervalued by many and it has consequences. If you believe Hall made Leon better last season then we probably won’t agree about anything Hall related.

          Having said that I’d like the Oilers to start Leon on rightwing with McDavid and Nuge would centre the 2nd line, A good start for these three players is extremely important.

          If NJ had valued Hall higher than Larsson straight across we might have gotten a draft pick. Believe me when I say we win this trade, NJ needed to get a name offensive player and they paid dearly for that.

          Sorry for the brief reply but I’ve had a few beers celebrating today’s transaction.

          • Cowbell_Feva

            I couldn’t agree with you more herb. As compared to other elite players in the NHL, I don’t know another forwaRd that turned over as many pucks or fell down more than #4 did as an Oiler. The hockey IQ was almost non-existent. He is a natural specimen and elite athlete but relies on physical atributes with little mental alertness on the ice.

            The leadership issue is more of a question mark now.

            #97 is the leader the second Daly held up our logo. Now he has a good Dman with huge upside on his blueline and hopefully Lucic on his wing….

            Who knows? Maybe another move is in the works??

          • Slippedshot

            Honestly who cares if another move is in the works. What would it be Mcdavid for Dan Boyle? Siging lucic to a ridiculous long term deal?

            The fact that Chiarelli bought into this left handed, right handed D shows why he made so many bad trades in Boston. He should have ignored that nonsense and gone for the best player.

            This deal is questionable at best. When you trading a player like Hall go for something or equal value today not based on what you think could happen in the future. The expectations on Larsson are too high for him to succeed.

          • camdog

            Fair response. I believe that Leon got tired near the end of the season and that’s why he slowed down. I do believe that both Hall and LD made each other both better. Hall has the wheels and yes LD does have an ability to think the game.

            The misrepresentation of LD’s season by some members of the analytics community was a bit silly.

  • Keepyourstickontheice

    I find a way to live with this if Larsson manages to anchor the blue line. Still agree with Spydr, shoulda been a player and a pick and a prospect deal, or we should have been able to ditch Korpikoski as well.

  • The Trade Really Jolted Me , but let’s warm up to Mr Larsson :

    Skellefteå AIK[edit]

    The 2009–10 Elitserien season turned out to be a spectacular breakthrough season for Larsson. He scored two goals in an Elitserien game against Timrå IK on October 15, 2009.[3] By the end of the season, Larsson had tied the single-season record for amount of points in Elitserien among defencemen under the age of 18, 17 points, a record that was set by Tomas Jonsson in 1977–78, who compiled eight goals and nine assists in 35 games.

    Larsson fought Timrå IK forward Daniel Corso in a game on November 2, 2010, receiving a cut eyebrow during the altercation. Larsson commented that he kept his gloves on because removing them during a fight in Elitserien leads to an automatic one game suspension.[4] Although Larsson didn’t remove his gloves, both he and Corso were suspended for two games and received fines as a result of the fight.[5][6]

    Larsson’s play in the 2010–11 season earned him a nomination for the Elitserien Rookie of the Year award,[7] but Mattias Ekholm would eventually win the award.

    New Jersey Devils[edit]

    Larsson was selected in the first round, fourth overall,[1] by the New Jersey Devils during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Seen as a move towards rebuilding the Devils defence corp, Larsson was rated by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as the top European prospect available in the 2011 Draft.[8] Larsson, who has been compared to the Detroit Red Wings’ defenceman Nicklas Lidström, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with no bonuses at the NHL maximum of US$925,000 per year with the Devils on July 15, 2011. He made the team in training camp and became the first 18-year-old defenceman to dress for the Devils in the regular season since Scott Niedermayer in the 1991–92 season, only the sixth under-20 defenceman to play for the Devils, and the first 18-year-old defenceman in the NHL since 2008, when Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian and Luke Schenn all made their NHL debuts.

    Larsson’s first NHL goal was scored on November 11, 2011, on a slapshot from the right slot against Tomáš Vokoun of the Washington Capitals.[9] He was selected to the NHL All-Star Rookie SuperSkills Competition on January 12, 2012, along with teammate Adam Henrique; however, he chose to pull out due to a minor injury. He was replaced by Montreal Canadiens rookie defenceman Raphael Diaz.[10] On May 1, 2012, Larsson scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia in his first career playoff game, becoming the first Devils rookie defenceman to score a goal in his first playoff game.[11]

    Following the 2014–15 NHL season Larsson became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The New Jersey Devils made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Larsson filed for Salary Arbitration.[12]

    On July 25, 2015, New Jersey Devils re-signed Larsson to a six-year extension, worth US$25,000,000.[13]

    Edmonton Oilers[edit]

    On June 29, 2016, Larsson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Taylor Hall.[14]

  • TS

    I agree, Larsson looks awful when you use points, stats from 2014-2015, and opinions from 2 or 3 years ago as your basis for evaluation. But why don’t you try something from this Spring, like
    Combined with the facts that in NJ Larsson only got 20% offensive zone starts, no pp time, and had a generally weak set of forwards to play with in a heavily defense-first system.