Bad news from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, as it was announced around their game with the Predators that forward Taylor Hall is expected to be out of the line-up for 2-to-4 weeks with a shoulder injury, following an MRI on Monday afternoon. Hall was hurt early in the 1st period against the Avalanche on Saturday night, leaving the game for a brief period, tried playing with it for a shift, but then gave up for the night. Fortunately, the shoulder will not require surgery and his time on the shelf will be limited to rehab.
Hall has had a very good start to the 2012 season, scoring 7 goals and 11 assists in the first 22 games for the Oilers, slotting him in 69th in pool scoring after Monday night's action. He had certainly found some new chemistry with his linemates in Edmonton and he was a big reason for the Oilers' early season successes in the standings. His spot will be a tough one to fill, but it is all part of the game and Edmonton has plenty of young talent to help ease the burden left behind.
Between Hall's scoring rate and the possibility of only being out for a couple of weeks will likely see the young winger stay on Clayton C.'s team through this week's waiver draft, especially since there are a couple of other players who have worse injuries and far worse scoring rates to speak of. If you're hoping that Hall might be dropped, you may want to look elsewhere for someone to gamble on this season.