WC: Oilers at the World Championships
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05-06-2013, 11:22 AM
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Hall didn't elevate this year? Did you miss the season?
He did, but his defensive work needs a lot of improvement. Tournaments are not always kind to all players. Lots of players who are used to larger roles on their club teams have been in the same position as Hall. I am sure Ruff knows how prolific Hall was this year. Obviously, he sat him because he felt he had better options.
Hall is tremendous, but even he admitted his defensive game needs work. He produces a lot of turn overs. On a team deep in talent, he may find he is not the big gun most nights. To me I look at it as a learning experience for Hall. Team Canada as a junior is one thing and completely another at the pro level. This is him being taught what that difference is. Heck, for all we know he gets a lot more ice time next game.
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