Sunday, July 10, 2011

Oilers Update - Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E.

After the acquisition of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Smyth's surprize return to the Oilers  and the frantic Free Agency Frenzy which brought in the likes of Eric Belanger and Ben Eager to Edmonton; the news has been somewhat dead in Oil Country.

As we sit and enjoy the lazy days of summer while waiting for the arrival the NHL, I will entertain you all with something I have been wanting to do since the 2010 season ended.

Every Sunday for the next four weeks, I will post the top 4 goals scored by the kids of H.O.P.E.

To kick off the highlights, we will start with letter H.

HALL, Taylor
Nov. 14 1991 Age 19
Height   6'1"
Weight 194 

Selected 1st Overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

NHL Stats: 22 (g) 20 (a) 42 (p) in 62 games  

The Game:

Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs, 

December 2nd 2010 

Anatomy of the goal:

Off of a Leafs turnover, Taylor Hall collects the puck from fellow rookie Jordan Eberle from centre ice. With speed, Hall gets an early step on defender Francois Beauchemin and goes in all alone on Jonas Gustavsson and rifles a back-hand to put the Oilers up 2 nothing against the Buds.  Later on in the 3rd period, Taylor Hall tipped in his second of the night from Shawn Horcoff's feed; as the Oilers went on to slaughter the Leafs 5-0 at the ACC.

Hall's highlight goal is quintessential of what the 19 year-old is capable of.  His blinding speed coupled with a willingness to crash the net at all costs is one reason why the rookie posted 42 points in 62 games.

Next Up OMARK, Linus

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