The Edmonton Oilers have offered an update on the Taylor Hall injury, and the prognoses is not good. It looks like forwards such as Nail Yakupov will be forced to step up in Halls’ absence, as it appears the outstanding forward could miss up to a month after tweaking his knee against the Ottawa Senators on October 19.
While the update could have been worse, the news isn’t good for a team that is struggling to score goals as it is.
GM MacTavish says Taylor Hall is expected to be out four weeks due to his injured left knee.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 22, 2013
Hall was off to an outstanding start prior to the injury. He had eight points in nine games and was one of the few bright spots on an Edmonton team that has struggled to find ways to win hockey games. Now they’ll have to move on without Hall and Ryan Smyth. Jordan Eberle is also banged up, and the timing of Hall’s injury couldn’t have been worse the the Oilers.
If guys like Yakupov were going, then this loss would appear absorb-able. Unless the guys that have been failing to put up numbers suddenly find a way to do so, Hall’s absence could mark the beginning of another long season in Edmonton. A big step forward was expected from this team coming into the year, but so far it’s just been disappointment at every turn.