If all forward motion is progress, then Taylor Hall made some yesterday. Prior to this teammates taking the ice for practice, Hall laced up the skates and got back out onto the frozen surface to put some time in. While taking laps might not be news for a guy with, say, a broken thumb, Hall has been out with an injury to his knee.
So skating is a positive.
Good news for the #Oilers. Taylor Hall is back on the ice today. Justin Schultz also present after missing yesterday’s practice.
— Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) November 1, 2013
Hall is still a ways away from returning though. He hasn’t played since October 19, when he took an awkward hit, then a penalty and tweaked his knee on the subsequent break out of the penalty box.
The initial timetable for Hall to return hasn’t been changed in light of this progress either.
GM MacTavish says Taylor Hall is expected to be out four weeks due to his injured left knee.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 22, 2013
There’s little reason for the Oilers to rush the oft-injured forward back at this point. The team is 3-9-2, and the abysmal start has all but shattered any prayer the team had of making the postseason. Edmonton is five games out of a playoff spot and remains the only team in the Western Conference without a double-digit point total in the standings.