Devils’ Taylor Hall on mounting losses: ‘I’m running out of things to say’
We’re a long way from that 2018 Hart Trophy.
Eighteen months after Taylor Hall took to the stage to enjoy the pinnacle of his decade-long career in the big leagues, he and his New Jersey Devils find themselves mired in a disastrous campaign.
It’s been a series of unfortunate circumstances for Hall since earning that MVP nod. First came a disappointing 2018-19 where he started strong — 37 points through 31 games and a four-point night in one of his last appearances of the season — before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for the majority of the season.
Coming into 2019-20, there was a sense the Devils could be flirting with greatness — adding the likes of P.K. Subban through trade and Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. And, of course, having the quick-footed Hall back into an intriguing lineup after an arthroscopic knee surgery and lengthy rehabilitation process.
But 26 games into the new season, that promise hasn’t materialized.
The Devils sit second-last in the league with just 22 points to their name. A full 10 points separate them from a wild-card berth, and as we looked at last week, teams sitting outside the playoff picture by the end of November historically have the odds stacked against any hopes of clawing their way back in.
It’s possible, as the St. Louis Blues made clear last season, but after a 7-1 shellacking …read more