New Jersey Devils Place 2018 MVP Taylor Hall on IR

Taylor Hall
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 20: Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils prepares to skate against the Nashville Predators at the Prudential Center on December 20, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils get some bad news to start the new year as forward Taylor Hall has been placed on IR with a lower-body injury. Hall is eligible to return at any time.

Taylor Hall Injured

Hall originally suffered the injury in practice on Dec. 14th and missed four games before returning to action. In his first game back, Hall reaggravated the injury and has not played since Dec. 23rd. Hall may join the team later on during their four-game road trip. He also missed three games earlier in the season with a hand injury.

So far this season, Hall is second on the team with 11 goals and leads the team with 26 assists and 37 points on the season in 33 games played. He has also recorded 16 penalty minutes. His possession numbers were 53.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 6.5 percent.

Over his 9-year NHL career, Hall has played for the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils. He has 202 goals and 309 assists for 511 career points in 562 career games. He was originally drafted first overall by the Oilers in the 2010 NHL Draft.

What This Means for the Future

This injury stings the Devils as they have currently won their last three games and have seemed to solve their problems between the pipes. When in the lineup, Hall has a knack for setting up plays along with his ability to put pucks in the back of the net. The Devils are 4-0-1 without Hall in the lineup this season, which should be encouraging for Devil fans.

Jesper Bratt will continue to see time on the top line during Hall’s absence. Bratt has picked up two goals and 12 assists in 14 games this season. He missed 13 games earlier in this season with a broken jaw.
In a corresponding move, the Devils have called up forward Blake Pietila and defencemen Egor Yakovlev from the AHL.
NEWARK, NJ – DECEMBER 20: Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils prepares to skate against the Nashville Predators at the Prudential Center on December 20, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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