The regular season is less than two months away and already Oilers’ fans are projecting how many points Taylor Hall will score next season. The century mark has been thrown around by the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples in what he calls a dream season before settling on the 75-80 range. Our friends over at Copper n’ Blue had a vote and 70% of the voters believe he’ll score record more than 80 points this season.
Cautiously optimistic or cautiously accurate? Likely the latter of the two. It’s difficult to say Hall can put up over 100 points this year given he’s never done it in his career yet. But with Hall entering his prime and with a few years of NHL experience behind him, he may be ready to challenge that elusive mark.
Last season Hall played in 45 of the 48 games and put up 50 points, 16 of which were goals. That’s an average of 1.1 point per game and if you factor in an 82 game schedule, providing he can stay healthy for an entire year, that same average would place Hall at 90 points. While it’s not the 100 mark, it’s still equally impressive for a young man who will turn 22 in November.
Playing along side Jordan Eberle who can stick handle in a phone booth and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (when healthy) will only help Hall’s point production. The three will be entering their third year together as the Oilers top line and providing they get off to a strong start and produce to their ability, coach Dallas Eakins should leave them together. We’ve seen what this trio can do on a nightly basis and when they’re on their game it can be electric.
But history is against Hall and the notion of him scoring 100 points. Two seasons ago, the last time a full regular season was played, only one player put up 100 points – Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins with 109. The next closest was Steven Stamkos of the Lightning with 97. The year prior only Daniel Sedin broke the century mark with Martin St. Louis and Corey Perry falling just shy.
Not saying Hall can’t do it, but as Staples eluded to, it would be a dream season to say the least. It would also mean Hall would be in the running for the Art Ross Trophy along with the league MVP. Hall has the talent and the teammates to accomplish this, but perhaps a couple more years of experience would help before he’s ready to challenge for that. Staying healthy and producing over a point per game would certainly go a long way in helping Hall venture down the road in the near future.
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