For all the preseason hype and accolades prematurely handed to coach Dallas Eakins, Edmonton Oilers are last in the Western Conference with five points in nine games.
They’ve battled through injuries and some less-than-stellar goaltending. Now, the climb gets even steeper: Star left wing Taylor Hall will miss up to four weeks with a knee injury suffered in a collision with Eric Gryba of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. (Watch it here.)
Hall was given a penalty on the play for swinging his stick at Gryba, and then took another hit on the knee from Kyle Turris after leaving the penalty box:
As they say, if it weren’t for bad luck, Taylor Hall would have no luck at all. A brief history of his injuries, via the Edmonton Journal:
- He was clipped by a skate blade during warm-up before a game with the Columbus Blue Jackets in January 2012 and was left with a frightening gash that required 30 stitches.
- After scoring 27 goals and 53 points in 61 games, he had surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder before the end of the 2012 season, and
- His stellar rookie season was cut short when he sustained a high ankle sprain during a rare fight.
How will the Oilers cope? Oil On Whyte sees Ryan Jones as the obvious quick fix at forward, with AHL forwards Anton Lander and Linus Omark (always the wild card) in the mix.
Said Jordan Eberle on Hall’s injury, via the Oilers: "I don't think there's a better team to overcome Taylor's skill being out than ours. We have a lot of weapons."