Moving from left wing to centre is nothing more than a temporary adaptation as far as Taylor Hall is concerned. He went out for a test run on Saturday at Rexall Place playing between Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky in the Edmonton Oilers’ split-squad pre-season game against the Calgary Flames and wasted no time finding the back of the net in a 6-5 shootout loss. Twenty-four seconds after the puck dropped Hall snapped a shot that hit goaltender Karri Ramo’s glove before trickling to the goal-line. Was it over? Maybe not but there was no video review to determine otherwise. The Oilers later surrendered a 5-2 lead they took into the third period. Calgary’s early score came from Ben Street (1:18 into the first period) then Dennis Wideman Lance Bouma and Josh Jooris pulled Calgary to within striking distance. Jooris who’s had a strong training camp sent the teams to overtime with his second goal of the game. At the other end of the rink Smyth with a power-play goal on a spin-around rather than his vintage wraparound added to the first period tally as did Kyle Platzer. In the second Mark Arcobello finished off a play that began with a one-timer Nail Yakupov fired at the Calgary netminder. The sophomore’s shot has not lost any of its zip and his play earned him time alongside Hall and Smyth when Hemsky left the game with an illness. Midway through the second period Devan Dubnyk turned the Oilers’ net over to Olivier Roy who immediately surrendered a goal to Wideman. Finnish recruit Jesse Joensuu chipped in his first goal as an Oiler to give Edmonton its 5-2 lead. Sven Baertschi and Roman Horak both beat Roy in the shootout while Linus Omark and Hall with a forehand attempt were stopped by Ramo who played in the Flames’ net from start to finish.
Oilers’ Taylor Hall tries to find the right speed to play at as a centre
Edmonton Journal | Sep 15