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11-30-2012, 10:24 AM
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Some of the comments regarding Hall in the thread are ridiculous.

For one, this Barons team took an absolute turn around with Hall entering the lineup. It took Hall all of 38secs to make a direct impact and score his first goal with the Barons. In otherwords coming in with a flying start after a longterm injury. Don't discount either the impact Hall has on a team being that he comes in with his high flying signature brand of hockey every game. Other players take games off. Try to catch Hall ever taking one off. Hall leads by example on the ice and sets a consistent tone for others to follow.

Second, people questioning Halls talent level at this point is indescribably ridiculous considering the guy is just coming off a serious shoulder injury and probably has to relearn much of his fine motor coordination due to the injury, pin, and reset shoulder. Probably flipping pancakes is a learning curve at this point. Do people even consider this when mouthing off about Hall's talent?

Finally, I've always said this is that HALL is way ahead of the learning curve of where Mark Messier was at similar age. Mark also had the benefit of playing Pro hockey earlier and getting a much longer phase of learning. On a good club that always had other guys to pull the scoring weight. Mark had every advantage of being able to bide his time and learn to establish himself in the pro game and produce.

Hall hit the pro game running and HAD to. There was remarkable pressure for Hall to showcase immediately and be a shining light on a club devoid of any hope. Mark not so much.

At age 19 Hall was looking like an NHL star able to carry a team. At age 18 Mess didn't look to have offensive skill. Think a blazing Dean Mccammond only stronger.

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