When Taylor Hall was selected first overall in 2010, it was expected he would become the face of the franchise. Since then, the 22-year-old has watched as teammates have left and the roster has changed dramatically.
There may have never been an official changing of the guard, but it looks like the 2014-15 Oilers are even more in the hands of Hall and his fellow young stars than they have ever been.
Hall has learned to deal with the pressure place on himself and his fellow players, such as Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz.
“There’s never been an official changing of the guard but it seems every year we come in with more pressure on players like myself and I think that’s a good thing,” Hall said. “As you get older and more mature you learn how to deal with that and you learn who to listen to and who not to listen to and those type of things. Having a more relaxed and more calm, confident mindset coming into camp I think is going to benefit our team a lot more. Trying to exceed expectations instead of living up to them is a good mantra for our team.”