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Taylor Hall having his best & worst season with the Oilers

Edmonton OIlers' Taylor Hall makes a pass away from New York Rangers during third period NHL action...

Edmonton OIlers' Taylor Hall makes a pass away from New York Rangers during third period NHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

PHOENIX — Having already reached career highs for assists, points and games played, and one away from tying his career high in goals, Taylor Hall is having the best year of his NHL career — right in the middle of the worst year of his NHL career.

In an Edmonton Oilers season where any sort of individual success has to be diluted with equal parts disappointment and frustration, Hall has become something of an expert at laughing and crying at the same time

He has 74 points in 71 games. The Oilers have 63 in 78.

He’s ninth in the NHL scoring race. The Oilers are 28th.

He’s the second highest scoring left winger in the game. The Oilers will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight year.

Good times. Except for the bad times.

“Hockey is still fun no matter what you’re going through,” said Hall, who’s still finding plenty of positives in the twilight of another lost season.


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