Oilers winger Taylor Hall developing defensive game

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is stopped in overtime by Calgary Flames goaltender Reto Berra...

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is stopped in overtime by Calgary Flames goaltender Reto Berra at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Dec. 7, 2013. (PERRY NELSON/USA Today)

Derek Van Diest, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:23 PM ET

EDMONTON - For Taylor Hall, good offence starts in his own end.

The Edmonton Oilers forward is coming off a strong week, good enough to be recognized Monday by the NHL as one of its three stars.

Hall had four goals and a pair of assists in three games for the Oilers last week, but credits his good form to better play in his own end, despite what a television analyst might say.

“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty well, I’ve definitely improved in my own end,” Hall said. “I’ve definitely improved since the start of the year and I’m trending upwards. I hope that continues.”

The Oilers, to a man, struggled defensively at the start of the season. They still have issues to resolve, but Hall feels he’s starting to become less of a liability in his own end of the ice.

With less time spent chasing the puck, the talented winger is spending more time in the offensive zone where his finishing skills match up anyone on the team.


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