Hall looks for Oilers to finish on positive note

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

It was his first, in what is expected to be numerous visits to the NHL All-Star weekend.

And hopefully for the Edmonton Oilers, Taylor Hall will be even a better player for the experience.

“I sure hope so,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “I think it’s about a couple of things, No. 1, he’s been recognized as a very good young player and should have been. So kudos to whoever makes those decisions and to him for putting himself in that position to get recognized.

“Secondly, it’s good for him to get a chance to rub shoulders with All-Stars. Even though he didn’t get a chance to play in the game, he was there with them and saw how they operate. I hope he had a chance to talk to guys and get a feel for what they’re all about and see what separates them from a bunch of other players.”

Hall, 19, took part in the rookie skills event at the All-star weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. He went into the break a point back of Dustin Penner for the team lead with 31 points.

Hall is currently third in league rookie scoring.

“It was a good experience,” Hall said. “The biggest thing is just being able to get a little bit of rest. In the NHL, the season takes a toll on you, it was nice to get a break, lay low for a little while and take some time off. It was good for me, because I have played a lot of hockey in the last two years and it was good to get a nice break and recharge a little bit.”

The Oilers resume their season by hosting the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. While the playoffs are out of reach, the team does want to finish off the year on a positive note.

“I think if we keep playing the way we are and we keep getting healthier, then we’ll be able to put some wins together,” said Hall. “We want to build a good reputation for ourselves and set ourselves up for a good, positive off-season.”

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