Edmonton rookie phenom Taylor Hall’s first season is likely history.
The Oilers’ 2010 first overall draft selection suffered a high ankle sprain when he fell awkwardly on his left leg, following the end of his first career fight with Columbus forward Derek Dorsett, during Thursday’s victory.
The injury will cost Hall any chance at the Calder Trophy for top NHL rookie, and a undisclosed bonus amount if he were selected for the honour.
All guts and no glory for the 19-year-old, who led the Oil with 22 goals and 20 assists.
Although Hall was first to drop his gloves in his altercation with the pesky Dorsett, Edmonton’s teammates are coming under fire for not answering the bell, by sending the Blue Jackets’ gritty forward – and other tough guys around the league, for that matter – that they had better think twice before manhandling their franchise player in the future.
The teen-aged star showed he doesn’t expect his teammates to come to his defence all the time, by dropping the mitts. It’s been a tough week for Edmonton fans, who watched big man Dustin Penner get traded for a prospect and picks, Ales Hemsky sustain a another shoulder injury, and its second overall 2010 draft selection, Tyler Pitlick, break an ankle while playing for the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers.
For a team sitting in the NHL’s cellar for the second consecutive year and that’s missed the playoffs for the last five, Hall’s injury without question will suck the life out of Oilers Nation.
In the meantime Oiler fans, keep your chins up and your sticks down.
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Written by Scott Pattison
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