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Taylor Hall to undergo shoulder surgery: “I injured it in junior and it’s been wearing away”

Mar 27, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

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Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini announced that Taylor Hall — the team’s second-leading scorer — will undergo labral shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

“Recovery time will be between five and six months, so our hope is that Taylor will be ready for the start of next season,” Tambellini told the Oilers website (via Twitter). “He’s going to have an incredible career, so this is the right time to take care of business and get this [surgery] done.”

While there’s no denying Hall has the talent for an incredible career, there are concerns his body won’t allow it. The 20-year-old has been decimated by injury during his first two professional seasons — he missed the final 17 games of last season with a broken ankle and 15 this year with a variety of ailments (shoulder injury, concussion, Frankenstein-ish head wound.)

There was also this ominous quote from Hall explaining when he first hurt his shoulder.

“Four years now — I injured it in junior and it’s been wearing away,” he said. “I’ve been playing with a pretty bad shoulder for most of this year and I’m excited to see what I can do after it’s fixed.

/cue alarm bells

“It’s not the way I envisioned my career starting, but I hope to stay healthy after this and be a good Oiler for a long time.”

Hall isn’t the only young Edmonton star with health concerns. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick at the 2011 draft, has missed 20 games this year with shoulder issues of his own.

  1. duckandabluesailor - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I know he’s no Crosby, but didn’t Sid miss a pile of time at the beginning of his career??

    • Mike Halford - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Crosby only missed four games over his first two years, then 29 in his third year with an ankle injury.

  2. govtminion - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I know it has no real bearing on anything, but were the Oilers aware of this ‘nagging’ problem when he was drafted? Since the choice was so close between Hall and Seguin as it was, one would think that something like this would have caused the Oilers to take Seguin if they were aware of the problem.

    Then again, they may have known and just decided that it wasn’t a big enough concern to cause them to skip him in favor of Seguin. Likely we’ll never know.

    • hystoracle - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      If this has been a problem for so long why didn’t they have it looked at sooner? It’s not as if the Oilers have been playoff contenders the past couple years anyways. Hall is a talented young player; get him fixed up so he can play for many years to come.

      • govtminion - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Also a very good question, yeah. He was out for a good part of the end of last year anyway after getting hurt in that fight, after all- seems like that would have been a good time to get this done. Very odd case here.

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