Like any rookie, 2010's top draft pick, Taylor Hall
, encountered a typically tough NHL debut. After recording a single assist in his first seven games, Hall struck for four points in a two-game span to close out October. From there, the young center showed flashes of brilliance, but it all ended on March 3rd, when a broken ankle sustained in a fight with Columbus' Derek Dorsett
ended Hall's rookie campaign with a month left in the season.
Hall addressed the ankle, among other topics, on Monday at a 3-on-3 tournament organized by Montreal Canadiens
' assistant coach Perry Pearn.
"My ankle healed up really well. It almost feels stronger than the other one, just because I worked on it so much," Hall told the Oilers' web site and other media Monday. "I haven't had any problems."
The ankle was a topic of conversation in North Edmonton on Monday, but it overshadowed what was an otherwise strong rookie season for the 19-year-old. Despite the injury, Hall led the Oilers in goals with 22 and finished just one point behind team leader Jordan Eberle
's 43 points. But Hall was thinking about more than just statistics in stating his goals and objectives for the 2011-12 season.