Taylor Hall – Ready for Elite Status

Anthony Lancione



Taylor Hall is set to take that next step and join the league’s elite



After being the key cog on one of the greatest major junior dynasties in history, the time is now for Taylor Hall to become his franchise's alpha dog at the NHL level as well. The still-21-year-old-stud has been silently yet rapidly refining his overall game, allowing for boosted production levels. Despite two lengthy interruptions in his three-year-career due to shoulder surgery and a lockout, Taylor keeps discovering ways to better harness his God-given abilities and evolving as a pro.


Hall produced at a 0.64 PPG level and held a minus-9 plus/minus rating in his 2010-11 rookie campaign. In two short years since, he's already ballooned up those figures to a 1.11 PPG clip, coupled with a plus-5 rating. Ignoring that these much improved numbers were compiled in a truncated season, it’s interesting to note that Steven Stamkos' third year PPG (1.09) fell short of Hall's third year rate. However, Stamkos received much more fanfare for his efforts due to the higher goal totals, much of which could be attributed to linemate Martin St. Louis.


Taylor improved on his rookie season scoring on a per-game basis by 26% in his sophomore campaign; notching 11 more points in four fewer games. This past season, he one-upped that, increasing his production by a further 22%, or an astonishing 42% total from year one to year three! The much ballyhooed 'fourth year breakout' theory, if realized, may well see another hike; one that would likely pit him among the top half dozen performers in the league.