Taylor Hall received a match penalty in his AHL debut (Video)

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Taylor Hall is one of the many young stars for the Edmonton Oilers (along with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz) spending the lockout in the American Hockey League.

Hall made his debut with the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday night, and it was quite the eventful evening during their 4-3 win over the Houston Aeros (AHL affiliate for the Minnesota Wild).

There was some good, and there was some bad.

For the good, Hall wasted no time in scoring his first goal just 38 seconds into the game (you can watch it here).

But with less than five minutes to play in the third period, Hall delivered a crushing check to Aeros defenseman Jonas Brodin (seen below). The hit knocked Brodin out of the game and resulted in Hall receiving a match penalty for an illegal check to the head, which means he could be facing some additional discipline from the league.

Here's a look at the hit, via TendTheFarm:

It's tough to see from that angle if there was direct contact to the head, but it was clearly a big hit. Reaction from the Barons' side after the game was that it was shoulder-to-shoulder.

Brodin was Minnesota's first-round pick (No. 10 overall) in 2011. This is his first season in North America after spending the past three years playing in Sweden. In his first eight games, he has two goals and two assists.

Hall is coming off a shoulder injury that limited his 2011-12 season to only 61 games. He scored 27 goals to go with 26 assists and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension with the Oilers this past summer.

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