Taylor Hall will be the Devils representative at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Hall will skate for the Metropolitan Division in the divisional mini tournament that the All-Star Game is now.
Hall is appearing in his second straight All-Star Game – having represented the Edmonton Oilers in Nashville last season. According to Brian Born of NewJerseyDevils.com, he also appeared in the NHL SuperSkills Competition in 2011 when he was a rookie with the Oilers.
Of the Devils’ nominees on the All-Star ballot, Hall, Cory Schneider, Michael Cammalleri and Andy Greene, Hall has had the best season. Schneider has played well, but has been below his usually high standards at times. The Devils lone All-Star from a year ago has just not quite had an all-star type season this year. Cammalleri is a streaky scorer, which will lead those not watching him day-to-day think that he has gone into droughts at certain times. Greene is a more defense oriented defenseman, not the kind of guy that sticks out when choosing an all-star team. Although he is capable of bringing the offense, he is very much defense first, and does not put up the sexy numbers.
Hall, 25-years-old and in his first year with the Devils, is tied with Travis Zajac for the team lead in points. He has 9 goals, 16 assists for 25 points in 32 games (remember, he has missed ten games over the season for two different injuries – including having knee surgery back in November.
Hall is also a workhorse. According to Born, he is third in the Metropolitan Division in ice time among forwards. His average time on ice is 20:05 a game. That is a few seconds more than an entire period.
He also is able to bring the playmaking skills that the Devils needed. His 16 assists attest to that. When he can set up someone like Mike Cammalleri, they are deadly. The overtime goal in Nashville this season speaks to that.
Hopefully, he can put on a nice show at the All-Star Game at Staples Center in LA and can help lead the Metro Division to victory in this year’s tournament. Congratulations to Taylor Hall for making the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.