Monday, September 15, 2014

Taylor Hall Jersey Card

Taylor Hall is a tremendous hockey talent; he wasn't chosen first overall in 2010 (ahead of Tyler Seguin) for no reason. He's also a kid of a generation who has to learn to mature under intense scrutiny and at times over-bearing cameras and attention - in his case, from the general public as well as the media.

Because of that, every time he slams a water bottle and sprays his coach - or every time he knees another player - the story will make the news for a longer period than when he's breaking one of Wayne Gretzky's records.

He's well on his way to becoming a true NHL superstar, with two point-per-game seasons in four years, two top-10 finishes in points and assists, a top-5 finish in powerplay goals and three career hat tricks.

It's hard to believe he's barely 22 years old. He has finally grown into his 6'1'' frame by topping the 200-pound mark, which should help him down the line.

Internationally, he has won four medals with Team Canada thus far: silver at the World Juniors (2010), and gold at the U-17 Worlds (representing Team Ontario), as well as the U-18 Worlds and Ivan Hlinka Memorial U-18, all held in 2008.

He and Jordan Eberle are key to making the Edmonton Oilers contenders again. Both have proven to be leaders in lower levels, with Hall leading his Windsor Spitfires to two Memorial Cups, with two tournament MVP titles to go with them.

I couldn't complain when I pulled this card from Upper Deck's 2013-14 SP Game-Used Edition set (card #AF-TH of the Authentic Fabrics sub-set), showing him with the Oilers' classic blue (home) uniform, with a big orange swatch:

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