Monday, November 3, 2014

Taylor Hall Dual Jersey Card

Taylor Hall has only played in 70 or more games once in 4 NHL seasons (75, last year) before this one, and with his current MCL sprain looking like it could sideline him from 2 to 4 weeks, he could miss up to 13 games already.

He has 10 points including 6 goals in 11 games so far this year, a scoring pace consistent with his usual statistics. If this guy were playing in the East, he would get some Hart consideration every year, despite the injuries.

I was among those skeptical about the Edmonton Oilers picking him first overall in 2010, not because of a lack of talent, but because he has a lanky and skinny frame for a guy who loves to crash the net. Had I been a scout in his draft year, I would have maybe gone for Erik Gudbranson (3rd), Mikael Granlund (9th), Vladimir Tarasenko (16th) or Cam Fowler (12th) at the time, but Hall has proven to be a worthwhile leader and bright spot on an underachieving team.

He is a franchise player, along with Jordan Eberle.

He also makes cards like this one look great:
It's from Upper Deck's 2013-14 SPX set (#WM-TH of the Winning Materials sub-set), and features two colour swatches (one orange and one blue), probably from the uniform depicted on the front of the card, the Oilers' classic blue (home) garbs.

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