Taylor Hall lost more than a fight last week when he decided to drop the gloves with Derek Dorsett. The season-ending ankle sprain he suffered at the conclusion of the tilt also scrapped any chance the Edmonton Oilers stud had at winning the Calder Trophy. However, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini does make one solid argument as to why his franchise player should still be considered for NHL rookie-of-the-year honours. "No disrespect to anyone, but I haven't seen anyone at that age take over NHL games like he has this year," Tambellini said. "The last three months he has taken over hockey games as a 19 year old. I believe he would have caught and surpassed the top rookie scorers." The ever-impressive Jeff Skinner, 18, is still the Calder favourite amongst skaters by virtue of his rookie-leading 49 points (23 goals) and the fact he plays in the east, where most voters reside. Hall has 42 points and one less goal. However, the rookie who has had the biggest impact on his team this year is unquestionably Chicago Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford, who saved the Stanley Cup champions from the deficiencies of Marty Turco to get them back into a playoff spot. His numbers (a 26-12-3 record, a 2.19 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage) are all amongst league leaders. John Carlson, Brad Marchand, Sergei Bobrovsky, P.K. Subban, Cam Fowler and Logan Couture are also worthy candidates to round out the top three, but at this point, it's a two-man race between Crawford, 26, and Skinner. So, is Tambellini angry his star player ventured into the perilous fight game with just two bouts in junior under his belt?
Hall injury halts Calder push
Edmonton Sun | Mar 7