Mar 1, 2018
Devils backing Hall for Hart as he nears the 30-goal mark
Taylor Hall is starting to create Hart Trophy buzz after a dominant February, in which he posted nine goals and 19 points in 14 games for the New Jersey Devils. No Devil has ever been named the league's MVP, but Hall's teammates are throwing their support behind him to be the first.
Taylor Hall is starting to create Hart Trophy buzz after a dominant February, in which he posted nine goals and 19 points in 14 games with the New Jersey Devils.
No Devil has ever been named the league's MVP, but Hall's teammates are throwing their support behind him to be the first.
“It’s not up to us to decide that but he’s our team MVP,” forward Stefan Noesen told The Bergen Record. “Right now, the way he keeps going, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be.”
“He’s got to be right up there, right?” Devils captain Andy Greene added. “He’s just been a horse. I don’t see how he cannot be up there in the top three or top five.”
Hall has recorded a point in 22 straight appearances, though his current point streak sits at 15 games because he missed three games in January. The 27-year-old has already matched his career-high with 27 goals this season and he's now set his sights on cracking the 30-goal mark.
“It’s nice to contribute, it’s nice to chip in,” Hall said. “Early in my career, I used to set goals for points and goals. I don’t do that anymore. I just want to keep improving as a hockey player. I’m at 27 right now. I’d love to get to 30. I’d love to get to that milestone. I’d love to push the envelope.”
Hall, who has 68 points through 58 games, is currently also on pace to top his career-high in points, set when he recorded 80 points with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season.
“I wasn’t playing as well,” Hall told the Record of the 2013-14 campaign. “We were at the bottom of the league and, coming down the stretch, there were garbage games. This feels better. This feels more important. The points feel more important and that’s a really good feeling as a player.”
Led by Hall, who has a 27-point cushion on rookie Nico Hischier for the team-lead in points, the Devils currently own the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Hall, a veteran of 511 career NHL games, has never reached the postseason.