The Edmonton Oilers will be without forward Taylor Hall for the next four weeks according to GM Craig MacTavish. The rookie General Manager updated the media this morning in Montreal and it was there that he confirmed the length of time that Hall will remain sidelined thanks to an ACL injury according to Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal via Twitter.
Hall was the victim of a questionable knee on knee hit courtesy of Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba on Saturday, a play that saw the Oilers forward with the only penalty. Gryba, who took out Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens with a similar hit, will not receive any discipline from the league for his reckless style of play.
The former first overall pick was off to a fast start for the Oilers, scoring 3 goals and adding 5 assists in his first 9 games with the club prior to the injury.
The good news surrounding the injury, if there is one, is that it’s not as serious as it could have been. There was fear among Oil Country that given the length of time it took to diagnose the severity of Hall’s left knee that he could be out for most of the season. Four weeks is a far cry from half of the season and with any luck he’ll be back in Oilers silks prior to December.