Taylor Hall Injury: Updates on Oilers Star's Knee, Likely Return Date
The Edmonton Oilers lost former No. 1 overall draft pick and star left wing Taylor Hall to a left knee injury sustained Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.
According to the team’s official Twitter feed, Hall will miss four weeks of action:
GM MacTavish says Taylor Hall is expected to be out four weeks due to his injured left knee.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 22, 2013
Hall looks set to return as the Oilers take on the Lightning on Thursday night.
From the Edmonton Oilers:
"I had a feeling I'd be back sooner. I had a goal of 3 weeks when it first happened and I'm back even sooner than that." @hallsy04— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 7, 2013
Teammate Jordan Eberle shared his thoughts on the matter, per the Oilers on Twitter:
"I don't think there's a better team to overcome Taylor's skill being out than ours. We have a lot of weapons." - Eberle— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 22, 2013
The injury came on a check from Ottawa defender Eric Gryba and featured what looked to be unintentional knee-to-knee contact. Hall responded with a slash to Gryba and was penalized.
After leaving the box, Hall was struck on the knee by Senators center Kyle Turris and immediately left the ice before entering the locker room.
*GIF via CBS Sports
Edmonton remained relatively silent on Hall’s status through the weekend, saying only that he was going to undergo an MRI that would reveal the full extent of the injury. After two days of uncertainty, the diagnosis was worse than expected.
Hall has played in nine games this season and amassed three goals and five assists (second most on the Oilers in each statistic) for eight points (tied for the team lead). Edmonton has rallied to a dreadful 2-6-1 start to the season and is seventh in the Pacific Division despite Hall's play.
While losing a bona fide offensive star won’t be easy for the Oilers to overcome, the team boasts a very talented roster with plenty of depth.
Look for players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Mark Arcobello to step up on the offensive end and Justin Schultz, Andrew Ference and the rest of the defensive unit to step up in front of the goalie tandem of Jason LaBarbera and Devan Dubnyk.
Hall will be a welcomed addition back to the lineup when 100 percent healthy, but this adversity is a great chance for the young team to build chemistry and character.
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