EDMONTON - Having been cut by Team Canada in 2009, Taylor Hall knew what he needed to do in order to avoid disappointment the following year.
The Edmonton Oilers winger had been lighting things up in with the Windsor Spitfires that season and simply needed to be able to fit into the Canadian system.
“I was confident the second time around, they gave me a bit of a heads up, that if I played a game that was more team-orientated and more defensive, then I would be on the team,” Hall said. “From there I played well in the exhibition games and at camp, and they gave me a shot on the power play with Ebs (Jordan Eberle), (Alex) Pietrangelo and (Ryan) Ellis and I felt really comfortable at that level.
“That tournament really did make me feel a lot better about playing in the NHL the year after my draft year. It gave me a lot of confidence even though we didn’t win it. I was 18, I was still the youngest player on the team and the only one that was draft eligible.”