Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oilers Face Long Hall Way Through Injury

On Saturday afternoon, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall left the game against the Ottawa Senators after a knee-on-knee collision with defenseman Eric Gryba and didn't return. Hall flew back to Edmonton on Sunday, was re-evaluated on Monday and this morning, the diagnosis came in. The Oilers are expecting to be without one of their top forwards for the next four weeks, which is a pretty tough blow.

As of Tuesday morning, Hall was ranked 54th in pool scoring with a 3 goals and 5 assists in the first nine games of the season, scoring just under a point-per-game.  Hall was tied for the team lead in pool scoring with Jordan Eberle and Marco Arcobello at the time of the injury, just as something to note.

Hall should be returning somewhere in the Week Seven area, just before the first waiver draft is supposed to commence and should be back to 100% for the second 8-week segment of the season.

With this injury, Hall cements his place on the Injury Prone List, which he surprisingly didn't make for the 2014 season.  I would imagine that Hall will be front and centre for next year's edition.

ImplicationsThis isn't an injury that Mike S. could afford this early in the season, as his team tries to establish some footing in his first season in the Opiated Sherpa hockey pool. Mike goes into Tuesday night's action in 18th place, 10 points out of the top 10, 18 points out of the end-of-season prizing.

Mike still has a couple of donuts on his team sheet, as Matt Read of the Flyers has been snake-bitten through the first eight games of the year and his gamble on the Blues' Jake Allen has yet to pay off, as he still sits in the minors.  Losing Hall on top of these three players may see him drop before he goes back up.

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