Does Taylor Hall Injury Signal a New Front-Runner in Connor McDavid Sweepstakes?

February 10th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers announced that star left wing Taylor Hall would be out for up to six weeks after suffering a leg injury in a game against the San Jose Sharks a week prior. Hall had previously missed three games with an injury in the same area, but head coach Todd Nelson explained that this was in fact a new injury that had been revealed via MRI:

While Nelson wasn’t clear on the details, the key item here was the time frame. A six-week absence would keep Hall out of the lineup until the end of March, forcing the Oilers to play without him for nearly 20 games. It is a crippling blow to the capability of a team that already ranked among the worst in the NHL.

Of course, that barely matters for the Oilers; the playoffs have long since been out of the question. Even if the team were to win every single one of the 28 games left on its schedule, it wouldn’t be certain to make the postseason. What’s far more relevant is that this suddenly makes the race for 30th overall and the best position in the draft lottery competitive once again.

Edmonton had been improving steadily under Nelson, ...

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