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07-19-2013, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Krut View Post
There aren't a lot of Canadian LW better than Hall. As in maybe 1. And if Babcock wants to play a possession game there isn't a better winger to do it than Hall.
Offensively, no, there are not many wingers better than Hall. That being said, he did not shine at the World Hockey Championships. Players like Duchene and Ladd (players he will compete with for a spot) out-played Hall on European ice dimensions. Moreover, Babcock/Yzerman and the other managers want a team with versatility and that gives a leg-up to players who can win faceoffs and play the PK (e.g., Duchene, Richards, Carter, Marleau, Sharp, etc...).

Once again, I hope Hall forces management's hand (e.g., Iginla in 2002), but I am not going to consider it a tragedy if Hall is left off the final roster.

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