When Taylor Hall was asked to play centre for the Oilers this summer, he figured it would be four or five games at most down the middle before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was ready to re-assume his role as the team's number one pivot. However, now that Sam Gagner is also out for the first month of the season it looks like his playing time at centre will increase.
"It's a good thing I've been playing there for the last week or so. I'm going to keep playing centre and I'm fine with that," said Hall. "We're not going to make it a bigger problem than it is. We're going to fill the void and keep going out and doing our job."
Hall has played three games so far this pre-season. In his first game, against Calgary, he was an impressive 65% in the dot. In his second game at Vancouver, he was 53%. Last night, he struggled a bit more at 45%. Overall in the pre-season, Hall has been 29-for-54 for a success rate of 53.7% which is very good.
However, despite Hall's proficiency down the middle so far he realizes what a big loss Gagner is to the club.
"It's a really tough loss. It's not something we want to hear, especially with a guy like Gags coming off such a strong year."