Today the NHL announced their all-star rosters and Taylor Hall was selected as the Devils’ lone representative. Hall, who is tied for the Devils’ lead in points at the midpoint of the season, has been one of the few bright spots on a team struggling in recent months.
Hall, who has 25 points in 32 games, has missed time due to injury but has still managed to keep a point per game pace of .78 and is tied with Travis Zajac for overall points, while being third in goals and second in assists.
Hall is no stranger to the All-Star Game. Since being drafted first overall in 2010 he has been to the All-Star weekend three times and has competed in multiple skill competitions. While all his appearances were with the Oilers, this represents his first one as a Devil, marking his success thus far in New Jersey.
While attending the game is certainly an accomplishment, he has had chances to display his skills beyond that, competing in the fastest skater competition, as a one-time passer and in the shoot-out.
No Other Devils Selected
While Hall’s accomplishment is certainly nothing to scoff at, he still represented the Devils’ only All-Star representative. Similarly, Cory Schneider served as the single representative last year for the team. With Schneider’s well-documented struggles this season, the entire team playing below expectations and the team’s overall low scoring style, these factors have put Hall in the position to be the teams’ only member to attend.
Is Hall worthy of being in the All-Star game? Are any other Devils’ deserving but didn’t make it? Let us know your thoughts and as always, thank you for reading.