Taylor Hall and the chase for the Hart
He might not be first in NHL scoring. In fact, he is currently 11th in NHL scoring with 74 points, 2 points behind two time Art Ross winner Sidney Crosby. But coming off a disappointing first season in New Jersey. Taylor, has shown why he went first overall in the 2010 draft. The Hart Trophy, is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team” Taylor Hall has been that and much more. His 74 points is 31 more than fellow teammate and first overall pick Nico Hisher who is 2nd in team scoring.
“I don’t know if vindicated is the right word,” Hall said in a conference call with reporters prior to the Devils-Canadiens game. “I always wanted to play on a playoff team. I’ve always wanted to be on a winning team, a successful team. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen in Edmonton. More so, I’m happy to be in that situation, I’m happy to be in a playoff-race spotlight. That’s a fun place to be for me after not experiencing that for my career.”2018 has been a dream come true for Hall who has never been in the post season. The Devils are currently sitting in the first wild card spot in the Eastern conference with 78 points just 1 up on the Columbus Blue Jackets. If the New Jersey Devils pull it off and head to the 2018 Stanley cup playoffs. It would be huge for the organization who many picked to finish in the bottom of the standings before the season even started.
It will be very interesting to see who is awarded the Hart trophy this season, with Nikita Kucherov and Evgeni Malkin both leading the way in NHL scoring and having monster seasons and what Patrice Bergeron and Nathan MacKinnon have been able to do with their respective clubs has been nothing but outstanding. We have been blessed with an awesome NHL season where the talent is off the charts. However, Halls game has been on a different planet in 2018. One could only imagine how the Edmonton oilers would’ve been this season if they had a Taylor Hall playing along side with Connor Mcdavid.