NEWSFLASH: Taylor Hall Is Good, League Agrees

I guess he’s a good player (shrug). Photo courtesy of Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved.

It’s official! Taylor Hall is a decent hockey players. Every Monday the American Hockey League unveils the week’s best player. This week, you guessed right, it’s Taylor Hall. Scoring one goal, earning eight assists, and posting a +6 in three games has earned him another piece of hardware in his young collection.

What’s amazing about this particular honor is that he earned POTW by only scoring one goal. That’s quite remarkable given the nature of his game. Had you told me Taylor Hall would eventually win the AHL Player of the Week award and only score one goal – I would have laughed, told you that he’d score more, and then buy you a 7-Eleven Slurpee because I felt bad for you. Instead, you’re buying me a Slurpee.

Official announcement via league:

The American Hockey League announced today that Oklahoma City Barons left wing Taylor Hall has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 25, 2012.

Hall notched nine points (one goal, eight assists) and a plus-6 rating in three games last week as the Barons began a seven-game road stretch with three straight victories.

On Wednesday night at Texas, Hall scored the game-winning goal and tallied two assists as the Barons rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Stars, 6-4. On Saturday in Charlotte, he notched three assists and set up the game-winner as Oklahoma City staged a third-period comeback and defeated the Checkers, 4-2. And in Sunday’s rematch, Hall assisted on the game-winning goal again, highlighting another three-assist performance in the Barons’ 7-2 win over Charlotte.

Hall, who joined the Barons on Oct. 30 after completing his recovery from shoulder surgery, has 11 points in his last four games and shows four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 10 total games with Oklahoma City this season. The first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the third-year pro and 21-year-old native of Calgary, Alta., has notched 49 goals and 46 assists for 95 points in 126 National Hockey League games with Edmonton.

In recognition of his achievement, Hall will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Barons home game.