Oilers' Hall to undergo shoulder surgery; out 5-6 months

The Canadian Press
3/27/2012 6:23:48 PM
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EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is done for the season.

The team said Tuesday the 20-year-old will undergo surgery on his left shoulder.

Hall hasn't played since March 17 after suffering a concussion early in a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini says Hall will spend five to six months recovering.

The GM said via the Oilers Twitter feed that the team hopes Hall will be ready for the start of next season.

Hall says he originally injured the shoulder when he was in junior and that it has gotten progressively worse.

"I've been playing with a pretty bad shoulder for most of this year and I'm excited to see what I can do after it's fixed," Hall said via Twitter.

Hall has had a rough season on the injury front. Prior to the concussion, he missed two games in January after having his face lacerated in a scary incident during warmups before the Oilers played in Columbus.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft was sliced open when he slipped on the ice and collided with a teammate before he was accidentally cut on the head by Corey Potter's skate.

Potter had tried to jump out of the way when he saw his teammates sliding toward him, but instead brought his skate down on Hall's forehead.

Hall has 27 goals and 26 assists in 61 games with Edmonton this season. The Oilers, who sit 14th in the Western Conference with a 31-36-9 record, are set to miss the post-season for the sixth straight season.

Taylor Hall (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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