Hall put the Wild away early in overtime Saturday with his third goal of the season, securing a 2-1 victory.
He scored just 29 seconds into the extra frame, beating Devan Dubnyk to the five-hole after running a criss-cross play with Adam Henrique. Hall has been crucial to the Devils' two wins, but he's been absent from the scoresheet in their three losses, so the team needs a bit more consistency from its big-ticket offseason acquisition.
The offseason addition of Hall hadn't provided the Devils with the offensive jump they were looking for through the first two games, but they sure got what they needed from him this time around. Jersey's offense has remained subpar thus far, but Hall's strong game offers plentiful promise moving forward. If he can stay healthy -- as he did last year, playing 82 games for the first time -- Hall should produce plenty of points; the Devils' depth scoring is another issue entirely.
Hall remains without a point in two games this season.
He was held off the scoresheet against the Bolts on Saturday and now has a minus-2 rating with four hits and six shots on goal. Hall was stung by the trade to Jersey, so he's out to prove the Oil made a huge mistake. So far, Hall is struggling to find his groove as a Devil, but it's only a matter of time that his driven, electric winger hits the scoresheet in a huge way.
The Oilers traded
Edmonton is looking to build its team around Connor McDavid, and moving Hall clears a bit of cap space ahead of the July 1 signing period -- he has four years remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $6 million. Hall is a very nice acquisition for New Jersey, as he's a proficient scorer in the prime of his career. The 24-year-old recorded 328 points (132 goals and 196 assists) in 381 career games with Edmonton. The Devils ranked dead last in scoring last season, so Hall will be heavily counted on to reverse that trend.
Taylor Hall ended up with 26 goals and 39 assists for Edmonton this season.
The goal total was one off of his career best mark (27 in 2011-12). What may be even more impressive is the fact that he played in every game for Edmonton, the first time he has done so. Like Jordan Eberle however we are likely to hear Hall being mentioned in many trade rumors that would bring back a top pair defender. The Edmonton Oilers are loaded with skilled forwards but are thin with players that can keep the puck out of the net.