Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oilers' Taylor Hall Expected to Miss Four Weeks

The Edmonton Oilers are off to a rough start in 2013, as they've limped out to a 2-6-1 start and are at the bottom of the barrel in the Pacific Division.

Now, they're limping even more.

The Oilers announced today that Taylor Hall will be out for four weeks after spraining his left knee ligament in a knee-on-knee collision with Ottawa's Eric Gryba.

Hall, who broke the Oilers' 32-year-old record for fastest two goals in a game against the Islanders last week, had three goals and five assists in nine games, good for a minus six.

It's not the first time the former No. 1 overall pick has missed substantial time due to injury. His rookie season was cut short when he sustained an ankle injury in a fight, and he had season-ending shoulder surgery in 2012. He's even been cut by a skate blade in warmups in 2012--that required 30 stitches.

“I don’t think it was a dirty play at all," Oilers GM Craig McTavish told the Edmonton Journal, "but Taylor plays a hard-driving, forceful game, and we have to try to help him find a way to stay more healthy, but when you play (that game) injuries quite often happen.” 

The Oilers will finish their six-game road trip tonight in Montreal.