The story of Taylor Hall has been a roller coaster of emotions. Hall is the first-overall pick from his draft class. so expectations are extremely high for him. Over his career, Hall has been on some abysmal teams over the course of his career. He started in Edmonton where he never had a true number one center. McDavid is an exception, but he hadn’t reached his full potential. Hall was then shipped to New Jersey. Can you name the best center in New Jersey during Hall’s career there? It is probably Nico Hicshier. Hichier is a solid player, but nowhere close to a superstar quite yet.
Last season, Hall was shipped out to the desert in Arizona to the Coyotes. At the time, the Coyotes were in first place in the Pacific Division so the move made sense. The price was extremely high, but they got the deal done. The season went south real fast for the Coyotes. The Coyotes didn’t have an established number one center on that team either. They still managed to make the playoffs, but only because of the expansion to 24 teams for the NHL Bubble.
I won’t even get to the career in Buffalo from Taylor Hall. Once Jack Eichel went down with a season-ending injury, Hall had no shot at producing. He was traded to Boston at the NHL Trade Deadline for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick. This might have been the steal of the deadline. Taylor Hall is fitting in perfectly in Boston.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 12, 2021
Playing With a Great Center
It is amazing what happens when you put a struggling superstar with great players. There was a lot of doubt about Taylor Hall‘s potential on this team from his struggles in Buffalo. People need to understand that he was on the BUFFALO SABRES. His best centerman with Jack Eichel out was probably Casey Mittelstadt. That is not a great depth chart for any team at the center position. When you put a player of Taylor Hall’s potential with a center in David Krejci, it is a recipe for success.
So far in three games as a Boston Bruin, Taylor Hall has put home two goals and should have been credited with an assist. In Buffalo this year, Hall had two goals all season long. It seems that when you put Hall on a great hockey team, his hockey confidence has skyrocketed. His two goals have come on back-to-back nights against a quality opponent in the New York Islanders. It seems that Hall is starting to get his confidence back and that is what the Bruins need from him in the top-six forward group.
TWITTER DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE TAYLOR HALL SCORE HIS 2ND GOAL AS A BOSTON BRUIN!!! pic.twitter.com/kpkspQI1QD
— Marina Maher (@marinakmaher) April 17, 2021
Starting To Get More Confident
When Taylor Hall was in Buffalo, it was clear he didn’t feel confident in his abilities. His shooting was off and his passing game was sloppy. The one image of him slipping on a breakaway summarized his career in Buffalo. So far in Boston, it hasn’t been perfect, but Hall is looking much more confident. He is getting to play on the second line and is now on the first power-play unit. That means he is playing with David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron as his centers at certain points of the game.
When those two players ate yoy centers, you certainly will get your chances. Taylor Hall looks more explosive than ever since arriving in the Bruins lineup. He is shooting more, making smart decisions on both ends of the ice, and is creating opportunities with his speed. His speed is undeniably one of his best assets as a hockey player. He uses that to his advantage to win puck battles and to keep the puck in the zone on attempted clears. If this keeps up in the playoffs, this Bruins team is really scary to play against.
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