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Taylor Hall was the Hart Trophy winner in the 2017-2018 season and is still improving in his career. On a team like the New Jersey Devils, who haven’t been making a name for themselves this season, you won’t see much growth from players like Hall. With acquiring Hall, the Arizona Coyotes are looking to guarantee themselves a run for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Looking at Taylor Hall’s stats this season, he has not been playing as well compared to other players. With a plus minus of -11 and only 26 points thus far, it is obvious that Hall has struggled to make his name stand out. Hall has had an incredible career since joining the league in 2010 but has fallen short of greatness this season. The trade to the Coyotes will hopefully bring back the player who has an average of 20 goals per season and 54 points.
Arizona has been building up a team of great young players along with veteran players to help complement each other and push the team further along in the league. This build of the team has led to amazing results of being first in the Pacific Division and staying consistent in games, but they can always improve. Adding a strong player such as Hall to the team will look to help the Coyotes maximize on opportunities during games and bring a stronger lead to the offense. Hall only has a total of six goals this season but is a player who is not afraid to take the hard shots when needed. Adding Hall to the Coyotes was a strategic move by the organization in order to put themselves in a better spot come playoff time.
With Hall winning the Hart trophy after leading the New Jersey Devils to their first playoff run since 2012, the Coyotes are hoping he can do the same for them but push them to the Finals. The Coyotes were looking for an offensive player that could also provide defensive help as well. Within Hall’s first night of playing for Arizona, he led the team to their game-winning goal and received an assist for setting up the shot to teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Hall proved himself on the team day one and shows that he is here to win and do nothing but that.
Overall, this trade is looking to benefit the Coyotes long-term with the goal of playoffs. To add a seasoned member to a team of young guys could lead to playoff possibilities as well as make a more cohesive and well-known team in the league.