Hall on his tendency to be clobbered..

By , June 24, 2010 8:46 pm

I know I’m getting hit. I brace myself for those hits. It’s not like I don’t know it’s coming… it’s not like I have my head down the whole time. It’s just I have to go to those places. If I’m just staying on the wall and waiting for my pass – the seam pass – when I’m moving my feet or standing still, and then I make a soft chip, that’s an average play. That’s how I’ve always played my game. Just on the edge, desperate, aggressive and just trying to make plays all over.

- Taylor Hall, when Kevin Lowe asked him about the concerns of his tendency to be hit hard and how being hit by a guy like Chara at the NHL level could be quite a bit worse.

50 Responses to “Hall on his tendency to be clobbered..”

  1. Racki says:

    Add in his comment after the interview with the Oilers… (To TSN’s cameraman/reporter) “I hope it went well… it’s the team I want to go to.”

  2. MetalOil says:

    Yeah I never put much stock into The so called he plays a reckless game so take Seguin argument. Yeah he gets hit but he does not take those hits with his head down. He is just hard on the puck and not in a reckless way.

    Also something that impresses me is Hall’s play without the puck. He has a very active stick. Anyone remember his breakaway goal in the Mem cup that was a direct result of this active stick? It may even have been a shorty, can’t remember??? He is very good on the PK too!!! Oh dear I am leaning back to Hall, Back where it all began ;)

  3. Racki says:

    Yup, I remember that goal clearly. They pointed out the active stick at the time. I think he did something similiar in the WJHC’s too if I’m not mistaken. He’s a dangerous PKer.

  4. chucker says:

    I liked them both, but Hall nailed it in the interview. Seguin basically said it would be great to play in Canada and in a hockey focussed city with all the media. Hall said, I want to win a cup and play for a team with a great chance of building something like Chicago did.

    Both great kids, and I really like both, but the interview seemed like Hall had the asnwers the Oilers wanted to hear.

  5. zackman35 says:

    I’ve leaned back to my instincts and if it was up to me I’d go Seguin. The interviews and more one on one time with the players really made it sink in I think. I think Seguin is the more mature type and kind of character guy I’d like to build a team around. Hall may have played center but Seguin has more experience and you should build a team down the middle, I think anyways.

    Seguins character really stands out from Hall, in a way he kind of reminds me of Crosby but I did really enjoy hearing what Hall had to say (he’s quite determined). It all depends on what type of “Team” that Tambo wants to build, I’d be happy with either but KLowe made a good point, one of them will be better and I think it could be Seguin.

    I wonder who the “Dark Horse” is that they were mentioning and its kind of weird that they’d highlight the projected pick may be *around 15* but then again what team isn’t trying to move up?

  6. Racki says:

    hmm, I wonder now if it’s Nick Bjugstad, maybe. He played High School hockey this past year. He’s a big kid (power forward) that averaged over a goal a game, but of course we have to remember that the competition level in that sort of league is pretty low. He’s projected by CSS as #15.

  7. zackman35 says:

    Racki: hmm, I wonder now if it’s Nick Bjugstad, maybe. He played High School hockey this past year. He’s a big kid (power forward) that averaged over a goal a game, but of course we have to remember that the competition level in that sort of league is pretty low. He’s projected by CSS as #15.

    You think he’d go in the first round though? Especially if you trade a guy who’s actually made the show for a 15th round highschool pick? I haven’t even heard of the kid but just thinking about it makes me cringe.

  8. chucker says:

    Connolly or McFarland. They hinted it was an attitude issue.

  9. gr8one says:

    Racki: hmm, I wonder now if it’s Nick Bjugstad, maybe. He played High School hockey this past year. He’s a big kid (power forward) that averaged over a goal a game, but of course we have to remember that the competition level in that sort of league is pretty low. He’s projected by CSS as #15.

    That’s who I thought it might be too.

  10. MetalOil says:

    Lowtide Seems certain that it is McIlrath.

  11. Racki says:

    zackman35:
    You think he’d go in the first round though? Especially if you trade a guy who’s actually made the show for a 15th round highschool pick? I haven’t even heard of the kid but just thinking about it makes me cringe.

    Yes, the major scouting services have him in the first round (21st for ISS, 15th for CSS, iirc).

    chucker: Connolly or McFarland.They hinted it was an attitude issue.

    I kind of thought Connolly too for a moment, but I got nothing but positive vibes about his attitude from what they were saying (they said he was a character guy, and a good leader), whereas when they were interviewing Connolly, he seemed like a dickhead. They only slightly negative thing they said (it is just a bit of cockiness) was that he felt he would be in the NHL at 19.

    MetalOil: Lowtide Seems certain that it is McIlrath.

    I think he just wants it to be McIlrath :P

    At first I thought it was a forward, but I really have no idea.. they just said it was a dark horse in the top 10 that scored lots of key goals and had a lot of character and was a born leader.

  12. Racki says:

    Here’s some tells:

    Voice over guy mentions that it the dark horse is a player ranked in the top 10. That limits our players quite a bit here.

    “We feel if he played another month, he might have moved into the #2 spot”
    - Does this imply the player was injured part of the season? Brett Connolly would be a good example of such a player. I think that I might be reading into it too much though, and don’t really think they were implying an injury.

    “He scored a lot of key goals”
    - McIlrath had a whole 7 goals on the season.. I doubt they’re referring to him. But I wouldn’t call Connolly’s goals this year so key if he was out almost the whole year either.

    One of the guys talking most about him is our western canada scout… is this player perhaps in the Dub?

    “He can play numerous roles up front”
    - I think that “up front” is saying he is a forward

    Actually you know what, I think they’re considering Niederreiter… although they’re talking about this guy being available (possibly) for pick #15.. which seems unlikely. So shit, I don’t know.

    Anyways, players I think we can eliminate are any non-forward and I also don’t think it’s John McFarland

    I also think it’s a WHL player, and well.. Nino fits pretty much the entire description that the scouts were saying – he’s got a great personality, he scores key goals, he can play any role, and he climbed faster than most players in the draft and may have even hit the top 5 if he had another month of hockey.

  13. MetalOil says:

    Good detective work Racki-that all makes sense

    I think Nino is gone at the 7th Pick to the Carolina Hurricanes. It will be tough to move up that high. Maybe we can work something out with our old friend Scott Howsen?

  14. Racki says:

    Yah, I would be surprised if he gets out of the top 10. The Pipeline show mentioned something about him possibly sliding out of the top 10 “because of his passport” (i.e. because he is Swiss). I still don’t see that happening though. If they really want him, they will have to get pretty aggressive and trade for I’d say 5th or 6th at least. CBJ’s #4 does sound pretty good, MO. But I don’t know if we have much to offer them.. or do we?

  15. DropIt says:

    Racki: Add in his comment after the interview with the Oilers… (To TSN’s cameraman/reporter) “I hope it went well… it’s the team I want to go to.”

    The first thing I thought when I watched that response was “F***, that is the perfect answer”

    Stupid Oilers… I guess now we can at least be even when it comes to our teams’ saviours… Iggy from Edmonton and Hall is Calgary raised

  16. Mr.Majestyk says:

    Could the darkhorse player be Emerson Etem? Bob McKenzie has talked about him at length not only because he’s one of the California boys but he’s some kind of a wildcard. One of the fastest skaters in the draft. He’s only projected to go 17th on TSN’s ranking but in NHL’s North American rankings he’s ranked 8th.

  17. gr8one says:

    I did a little detective work as well, and I’m convinced the darkhorse player is Austin Watson.

    The kid had played 3/4th line roles for Windsor, and had an opportunity to get traded to Peterborough and be a top liner.

    As a top line player with Peterborough he played 10 games and scored 20 points, FIFTEEN points alone in his last 5 games.

    He’s currently ranked low enough that he would be considered a true dark horse. After the trade, his ranking jumped 11 spots.
    To me, the biggest “tell” in the discussion in Oil Change was the comment, “We feel if he played another month, he might have moved into the #2 spot”.

    As far as I can tell this kid is pretty much the only player in the top 40 or so that had the kind of end of season rampage that would make a potential climb in the rankings like that.

    For what it’s worth, Guy Flaming thinks it’s this kid too.

    and lastly, follow this link and go to the 15:05 minute mark of the TSN mock draft and listen to what Button/McGuire/Duthie have to say about him. I think he fits the bill dead on to be the dark horse.

    http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/#clip318138

  18. DropIt says:

    They were saying yesterday morning on the Fan960 that he could quite possibly go 9th as the Minnesota Wild are crazy about Etem.

  19. Steve-O says:

    Skinner.

    I haven’t finished watching the show, but Skinner scored 70 goals this year (I think someone mentioned 84 including all levels he played).

  20. Racki says:

    Agreed with gr8one / Guy Flaming, it’s probably Austin Watson. I should have known it’s not Nino, as he isn’t an unknown in the draft (although he does fit all the other descriptions).

    He kind of came into his own, once he left the stacked Spitfires team and got more ice time.

  21. DropIt says:

    I will also agree with Watson. Maquire and Button were head over heels for him in the mock draft and he really is a good player. I actually figured that he would be going in the 10-15 spot and if anyone could get him later its a steal

  22. chucker says:

    Racki: Agreed with gr8one / Guy Flaming, it’s probably Austin Watson. I should have known it’s not Nino, as he isn’t an unknown in the draft (although he does fit all the other descriptions). He kind of came into his own, once he left the stacked Spitfires team and got more ice time.

    Yeah that makes more sense to me now. They did talk a great deal about how he really needed to get out of the shadows in Windsor and once he did, he really lit it up. The “one more month of play” comment makes this really seem like he’s the guy.

    Man, it’s awesome to here so much back and forth about the Oilers that is positive! I’m lovin’ it!!

  23. gr8one says:

    test

  24. DropIt says:

    Matthew Sekeres of the Globe reporting that the Oilers offerd Hemsky and Eberle to Boston for #2 to get Hall and Seguin.

  25. Trogdor says:

    He must be smoking the good stuff… Either that or our management. Someone was smoking something. I would think Boston would take that offer if it was made.

  26. DropIt says:

    Trogdor: He must be smoking the good stuff… Either that or our management. Someone was smoking something. I would think Boston would take that offer if it was made.

    I dont.
    Seguin is going to be a franchise player while Hemksy and Eberle will probably be very good players… not to mention Chiarelli cant take that kind of salary right now.

    It’s a very good offer, but he would be stupid to take it

    LOS ANGELES — It is draft day and, as expected, the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins exchanged a phone call Friday.

    And Oilers GM Steve Tambellini had a sales pitch for Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.

    “I spoke with Steve this morning and I told him what I told him before: that we’re not in a position to make a significant offer to allow us to pick the player we want in the first two picks,” Chiarelli told ESPN.com early Friday afternoon. “But he inquired about trading for the second pick and I have to give him credit. He’s been really persistent in trying to get that pick. But I told him, as I’ve been telling everyone else, that I’m not moving the second pick.”

    You do have to give Tambellini credit; he’s being aggressive in trying to improve his last-place team. Imagine the Oilers being able to pick both Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin on Friday night? Not going to happen, though.

  27. Trogdor says:

    Didn’t think about the numbers game, but I do think the Bruins need ready to play talent now if they want to make a cup run with their current core.

  28. gr8one says:

    I’m not sure I’m upset that Chiarelli said no, all the hype about Eberle aside, I really think he could be Parise-esque…if he attains that kind of potential, along with what Hemksy offers, I’d rather have those two than Seguin, who as highly touted as he is, is still rather un-proven. Eberle has proven himself in all sorts of jr. international competitions, the AHL, and the recent worlds, against NHL calibre opposition and has excelled at all levels.

  29. DropIt says:

    True, but I think Seguin is ready to play… at least at a 3rd line role… not to mention, with the deals and players they have now I think they are fine to compete now and build an all start for the future at the same time

  30. Steve-O says:

    Trogdor: He must be smoking the good stuff…Either that or our management.Someone was smoking something.I would think Boston would take that offer if it was made.

    I’m with Trogdor here…thats silly.

    Someone should put down the jazz cigarettes.

  31. gr8one says:

    testacles.

  32. Mr.Majestyk says:

    if you think of what the Bruins would get for Phil Kessel in that trade it would be Hemsky, Eberle, 1st round pick and 2nd round pick. Pretty good return for Kessel alone.

  33. Bostonoiler says:

    I really hope that Ebelre Hemsky and MPS fro the 2nd overall pick IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I wouldn’t be shocked if Souray, Hemsky, and the 31st went to boston for Ryder and the 2nd overall

  34. Mr.Majestyk says:

    I think most Oiler fans would be okay with that deal UncleBoston.

  35. Bostonoiler says:

    Mr.Majestyk: I think most Oiler fans would be okay with that deal UncleBoston.

    I’ll tell you this Oilers fan would be pissed

  36. MetalOil says:

    I agree Boston & since when has Eberle’s name been floated around? Shit I go out for a few B-day drinks and then all of a sudden one of our prized prospects is being shopped??? It truly is draft day I guess. This better not happen. I will be pissed, Sub Cogs in for Ebs and then I will give it the OK.

  37. victoriaoilerfan says:

    MetalOil: I agree Boston & since when has Eberle’s name been floated around? Shit I go out for a few B-day drinks and then all of a sudden one of our prized prospects is being shopped??? It truly is draft day I guess. This better not happen. I will be pissed, Sub Cogs in for Ebs and then I will give it the OK.

    Well if the B’s don’t take that offer Hemsky/Eberle if true, they won’t take anything we have. That is a great offer IMO. We can’t do better other than Hemsky/Penner which is really nutz!! Both are overpayments IMO.

  38. victoriaoilerfan says:

    DropIt: True, but I think Seguin is ready to play… at least at a 3rd line role… not to mention, with the deals and players they have now I think they are fine to compete now and build an all start for the future at the same time

    Not sure he is ready, but regardless the B’s sure don’t need a 3rd line center IMO. They need scoring wingers far worse.

  39. MetalOil says:

    victoriaoilerfan: Well if the B’s don’t take that offer Hemsky/Eberle if true, they won’t take anything we have. That is a great offer IMO. We can’t do better other than Hemsky/Penner which is really nutz!! Both are overpayments IMO.

    Hemsky and another piece that ain’t as drastic as Ebs should get it done. Hemsky is exactly what the B’s need in their we are built for now era. If they are playing hardball then screw em.

  40. Racki says:

    Eberle and Hemsky for the #2?? No thank you. I am somewhat OK in moving Eberle just due to his size, and such.. but Hemmer and Eberle? That’s a baaaad idea.

    P.S. Shaw are my heroes… installer gets it all done in my new house within 45 minutes, with plenty of time to spare to catch the draft. Boooooya!

    MetalOil:
    Hemsky and another piece that ain’t as drastic as Ebs should get it done. Hemsky is exactly what the B’s need in their we are built for now era. If they are playing hardball then screw em.

    I agree, surely we could give them Hemsky and something else that isn’t a ginormous piece of our future to get Seguin. Hemsky is a phenomenal and underrated winger. He’d explode in the East. I’m sure of it. Every time we go on a road trip through the East, the Hemsky highlight real kicks into high gear.

  41. Bostonoiler says:

    Rumor is that B’s pick is open on the market

  42. MetalOil says:

    Congrats on the new house Racki!!!
    Eberle with someone not named Hemsky or Penner I would be OK with but the combination of both of them……..No way in hell. Eberle alone would be going number 3 in this draft class so why why would we go this route. I think the B’s are just playing hardball in hopes that we take Seguin with the first overall pick. As for including MPS well I give a big fuck no to that under any circumstances. I think that he will be better then Ebs and better then anyone coming out of this draft class. We drafted him only one year ago and he is already the highest point producer on the Swedish WHC team.

  43. Racki says:

    Thanks M.O.!

    So yah, Dreger says the B’s are actually shopping #2 (contrary to what Chiarelli said??)

    Also things are quiet on the Columbus front (#4 pick), per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun

  44. Racki says:

    Beer has been cracked (only thing I have to drink in this new place currently) and the draft has started. *devil horns*

  45. MetalOil says:

    So that should mean without a doubt we are taking Hall #1!!! That Killed the drama :)

  46. Racki says:

    MetalOil: So that should mean without a doubt we are taking Hall #1!!! That Killed the drama :)

    Haha, good point, never thought of it that way.

  47. Racki says:

    Jesus, Dreger is adding to the speculation that the Oilers offered Hemsky and Eberle. Chiarelli should be our GM since he rejected that one, in our best interests… :P

  48. Racki says:

    Jim Matheson is reporting that the Oilers are going to take Hall.

  49. MetalOil says:

    All my friends, the majority of which are not Hockey fans are wondering why I insisted on being at home between 4:30 and 6:30. They just do not understand :)

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