It's been a longer off-season than usual for Taylor Hall.
Prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers as the first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Hall had been accustomed to extended playoff runs that left him little time to re-energize during the summer.
However, his season-ending ankle injury — and the Oilers failure once again to qualify for the playoffs — left the Calgary native plenty to time to recover this off-season.
"It's been a good summer, although it was a little too long for my liking," said Hall, currently taking part in Perry Pearn's three-on-three camp at the K of C Twin Arenas. "Hopefully this year is a little bit shorter and we can make the playoffs and can do some damage. But it was good for my body. I got a lot of work done in that aspect and my ankle is all healed up, so it's all good."
Hall, 19, finished with 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games with the Oilers last season.
He was one of the few bright spots in what turned out to be another frustrating year for the club.
However, Hall's year came to a premature end when he twisted his ankle in a fight with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett.
"The ankle is good," Hall said. "I haven't had a problem with it. After the season, I rehabbed it for another month and a half, so I did three and a half months of rehab for the injury. It was kind of a tough time, but I'm glad I worked as hard as I could on it. I haven't even tweaked it yet, so it feels very good."
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