Taylor Hall Profile
Taylor HallHt/Wt: 6' 1"/185 lbs
Team: Windsor (OHL)
Taylor Hall's Player ProfileThe favorite to be the #1 pick fo two years now, Windsor Spitfires forward Taylor Hall, hasnít done anything to hurt his chances this season. Hall was the only draft eligible player to make Team Canadaís World Junior Championship roster and averaged two points a game at the famous tourney.
In terms of ability, Hall has elite speed. His first few steps are world class and that ability combined with his never say die attitude, make Hall a nightmare for opposing defenders. He is fantastic at closing the gap on the forecheck and, as demonstrated by his stats, is an elite scorer. Furthermore, no one wants the puck on the ice more then Hall, and he simply never stops competing. This was never more evident then in Hall leading Windsor on their 2008-2009 Memorial Cup run, a and his taking on some very big and strong defenders at the WJC. Although seen as more of a scorer then playmaker, Hall has shown an ever-increasing ability to distribute the puck, which is reflected well in his statistics. His only knock could be that he needs to be more consistent on the defensive side of his game. Itís improving but if we are forced to find a potential weakness, that would be it.
Submitted by: HockeyProspect.com
Taylor Hall is an extremely gifted forward who has achieved great success during three seasons as a member of the OHL Ďs Windsor Spitfires. Unlike the previous 3 first overall draft picks Ė Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, and John Tavares Ė Hall already has a Memorial Cup championship on his resume. He will surely be an integral part of team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon this winter.
Hall has a wealth of offensive tools. He has an electric first stride and is a fluid skater. With the 36 points he amassed in 20 playoff games last season, heís shown that his game doesnít suffer even during high-pressure situations. Itís hard to pick out flaws in Hallís well-rounded game, but if you like to knit-pick, the one knock against Hall is that heís been fortunate enough to play with a plethora of talented players in his years with the Spitfires, and there might be question marks as to how well his numbers might look on a team with less offensive support.
Still, you canít ignore the speed, the slick hands, and his natural killer instinct as a scorer, and the fact that he can play both center and the wing only increases his value. A bit of a gym rat, Hall could stand to add 10 to 20 lbs to prepare himself for the rigors of the bigger, stronger NHL.
Hall will step right into the NHL at the start of the 2010-11 season, and should contribute right away.
Submitted by: John Canario of MyOfficePool.ca
I've watched Taylor Hall play on T.V about half a dozen times. He definitely has lots of talent but needs to work on a few things. He needs to utilize his teammates a lot more. With the speed and passing ability he has it will make him a more complete player. He also needs to work on his defensive play and hustle a little more. He has good size but needs to put on 10 to 20 pounds . He sometimes gets knocked off the puck to much and at the NHL level there a lot stronger than junior hockey . I have no doubt he''ll be a super star , probably has good has Pavel Bure.
Submitted by: Wayne MacIntyre
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Taylor Hall World Junior Hat-Trick
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