The Devils have disclosed that Hall underwent surgery April 30 to repair torn ligaments in his left hand, but the star winger will be ready for training camp. Hall, who is a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, played through the injury and wound up with a career-high 93 points (including 37 on the man advantage) through 76 contests, not including two goals and four assists through five games of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. He certainly won't come cheap in fantasy leagues this fall, so draft accordingly.
Hall was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy on Friday, NHL.com reports. It's no surprise that Hall is a serious contender to be the "player judged most valuable to his team." Hall had career bests in goals (39) and points (93), and he solidified himself in the race with a 26-game point streak that spanned Jan. 2 to March 6 and included 18 goals and 20 helpers. Most importantly, he helped lead the Devils to their first Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2011-12 campaign, and Hall had limited help around him with rookie Nico Hischier's 52 points as second most on the team. Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the other finalists,
Hall was held without a point Saturday in the Devils' 3-1, Game 5 loss to the Lightning. It was the second time in the five-game series that Hall had been held without a point. He had three shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots as his team was eliminated from the postseason.
Hall scored a goal on six shots while adding two assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 3. After the Devils fell behind 1-0 early in the second period, Hall took the game over, scoring an unassisted goal on a failed clearing attempt 12 minutes later, then setting up Will Butcher and Stefan Noesen in the third period to put New Jersey in the lead for good. Hall has five points (two goals, three assists) in three games so far this series, and expect him to come out flying again Wednesday as the team looks to knot things up at two games apiece.
Hall had a goal and a power-play assist in Thursday's 5-2 series-opening loss to the Lightning. Hall carried over the success of a 93-point regular season into the first game of the playoffs, but his teammates failed to provide much support. The superstar winger almost brought his team back from a 3-0 hole, but Tampa Bay countered New Jersey's pair of unanswered goals with two of its own.
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