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Hall Skipping Juniors

The first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers is focused on making the roster of his NHL team and, as a result, will be skipping the world champion tourney of the Canadian juniors.

Taylor Hall will miss out on junior camp in St. John’s in order to focus on making the Oilers hockey club for the upcoming season. Skipping the camp means Hall won’t be eligible to play at the tournament in Buffalo because Hockey Canada insists that all players must take part in camp in order to earn a spot on the team.

“Ideally we would have liked him to come to the summer camp to keep that option open, based on our policy. But his preparation for the upcoming season is focused on the NHL,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada senior director of national men’s teams.

Hall was a key component in last year’s tournament. He notched six goals and added six assists, but the Canadians wound up losing to the Americans in the final.

Hall’s focus on the Oilers has got to excite local fans, however, and his desire to make the team should be applauded. He signed an entry-level contract with the club on July 5 and will be paid the maximum base salary of $900,000 per season. With performance bonuses in place, though, Hall could be making nearly $3 million a year right out of the box.

One has to wonder just how much Hall’s potential salary has to do with his motivation at making the big club. Waving that kind of cash in front of the kid probably made the decision to skip camp a little easier for Hall, although one has to wonder how long it’ll take for him to want to get the heck out of Edmonton…

Posted by Jordan Richardson.


One Response to “Hall Skipping Juniors”

  1. I know the Oilers have been a disaster for a while
    Even though they found themselves in the Cup vs the Canes
    I know that was a while ago and many crazy things have taken place
    it has been at best a complete mess
    Then they go and get Tom Renney as their new head coach, Seriously the guy is a tool
    I don’t know how how is track record warrants that position
    Nevertheless, the times they are a changing with Oilers
    They are not going to compete for the cup but they will bring some serious excitement to a hockey city that was once so successful.
    And things will turn around soon
    Look at Detroit, The Penguins, and The Hawks for example
    They were basement dwellers, Then it all turned for them
    Edmonton already has some young talent on board with the likes of Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano , Kurtis Foster, Alex Hemsky.
    Now they will have the additions of the young superstar Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle & Magnus PaaJarvi on there roster as well.
    It has to get better with all that young talent.

    Posted by Michael Burns | August 3, 2010, 5:09 am

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