August 22, 2012
Hall happy with shoulder progress
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
It’s a big load to carry, a seven-year contract worth $42 million.
And to do it effectively, Taylor Hall is going to need two healthy shoulders.
Having been shut down prematurely last season due to a shoulder injury and consequently requiring surgery to fix the problem, the Oilers new multi-millionaire winger feels healthy going into the season.
“It’s good, it felt really good today,” said Hall, after taking part in Perry Pearn’s three-on-three conditioning camp Wednesday. “I think I’m four and-a-half months through a six-month process and I’m really positive about it. I know it’s not going to be perfect on Day 1, but it feels really good right now and I’m excited about the process of being healthy.”
Hall finished last season with 27 goals and 26 assists, finishing second in team scoring with 53 points.
He was limited to just 61 games due to injuries, which included getting his head stepped on during a warm-up. Hall missed the last month of the season due to a left shoulder injury.
It was a problem he tried to deal with for most of the season, but eventually had to be shut down for the year.
“It wasn’t something I thought about when I was in a battle or anything,” Hall said. “But sometimes it would pop out in the first period of a game and I’d be able to play the rest of the game, but not very well.
“It was a tough year, having to do that. But I went through it and I now know that when you have a problem, you have to take care of it so it doesn’t become an even bigger problem.”
Due to the surgery, Hall had a busy summer of rehabilitation while trying to maintain a proper workout schedule. He’s been on the ice for the last month.
“I did a lot of upper-body weight lifting, so I wasn’t too upset about that,” Hall said. “I had to go to rehab three days a week, so that was an hour long, then I had to do my other workouts and then skate.
“So it kind of piled on, but it was something that, when I decided to go through the surgery, I was prepared for. It was a hard summer, but the way it feels now I think it’s over.”