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Taylor Hall back on the ice, thinks he’ll be ready for season opener

Aug 8, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

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Taylor Hall‘s first two seasons have been riddled with injuries. He dealt with a high ankle sprain that ended his rookie campaign and his sophomore season ended prematurely due to a combination of a concussion and his shoulder injury.

Still, based on an Edmonton Sun report, four months after his shoulder surgery, he’s skating and seems to be optimistic about the future.

“The surgery was tough. They didn’t just do it arthroscopically, they cut me open and moved the bone around. I have a three-inch scar on my shoulder,” Hall said. He later added, “But now it feels like I have a brand new shoulder. It’s exciting for me because I haven’t really had that in the last two years.”

Hall said there were some games last season where the pain would be enough to “hamper” him a little bit.

“Sometimes when I went into the boards I would have to lose the battle because I knew if I put my shoulder a certain way it would kind of pop out,” Hall said. “Now I won’t have that.”

All the same, Hall resisted having the surgery earlier because he wanted to finish the season. He wasn’t able to complete the 2011-12 campaign anyways, but he thinks he will be available for the start of 2012-13.

Maybe his third season will finally be his first full campaign. That might be enough to push the questions about his durability aside.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    So far his career is nothing but unrealized potential, he’s played decently when he’s been on the ice but he’s missed 38 games in the last two years. It’ll be interesting to see what happens this year since he’ll already be an RFA next summer and while he’s one of the Oilers crown jewels going forward it’s hard to think they’d break the bank for him if he’s out for an extended period of time for a third consecutive season.

    • ray2013 - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:15 AM

      Hard to think they’ll break the bank for any of their big 5. From the sales pitch to Schultz (Boys on the Bus 2.0), it seems like they’re all planning on staying in Edmonton for the next 7-10 years, and that means taking less than top dollar in order to make sure they keep a full team around them.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Being the season will start in January…

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Ugh, don’t say that…

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        That was my optimism speaking. My gut tells me, find another sport to like or get to know your college hockey teams

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        World Superbike goes until Oct and MotoGP goes till Nov so I should be ok until then.

  3. ricepilof - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    looks like Boston got the better of that draft. I wonder if Edmonton would have drafted Seguin first if they had to do it all over again.

    • oiler76 - Aug 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      You may think that Beantown won, Seguin may have been on a cup winner, no chance that we would have drafted Seguin. He didn’t have the passion to want to come here. Hallsy will be fine, been playing with a bum shoulder for two years, look at his style of play, reckless, balls to the wall. Personally I love it, reminds me kinda of a player in the Oilers past. Give Seguin two more years and his production will tail off, think Hall only has one way to go and that’s up.

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