For weeks now we’ve heard about the idea to move Taylor Hall from the wing to the centre position until Nugent-Hopkins returns. It’s not the worst idea in the world but it’s difficult to say with conviction that this is the right move or the best option possible. None the less, it is an option and one worth exploring.
Hall will get his share of faceoff reps at training camp and will likely have a different winger flanking him and Jordan Eberle throughout the month of September. All in an attempt to analyze if Hall can shoulder the load at center and who is best suited to join him and Eberle on the top line.
The month of October features 14 games for the Oilers including a six-game Eastern road trip with stops in Toronto, Pittsburgh, Washington, the Islanders, Ottawa and Montreal. Not exactly an easy road trip and not to mention the first month of their season will either put the Oilers in a good position moving forward or behind the eight ball. Digging out of the conference cellar isn’t impossible but it’s a lot easier to play from ahead than catch up all year. Meaning this first month will be crucial to the Oilers success and having an experiment as their top line centre may not be the answer.