Red Wings: Detroit needs to pursue Taylor Hall in free agency

August 3rd, 2020 in Red Wings By Bob Heyrman

The Detroit Red Wings need to target forward Taylor Hall in free agency this offseason if the Arizona Coyotes are unable to reward him with a contract extension.

Taylor Hall is in the final year of his seven-year, $42-million contract he signed back in 2013-14 with the Edmonton Oilers.  The former first overall pick hasn’t been able to stick despite his tremendous success.  That being said, he’d be an excellent fit for the Detroit Red Wings.

Imagine trading the leagues’ MVP.  That’s precisely what the rebuilding New Jersey Devils did.  In the deal, the Devils also decided to absorb $3-million or 50% of Hall’s salary to make the money work for the Coyotes.  Hall is a tremendous talent and still 28-years old.  He will be to top scoring options on the market if he becomes a free agent.

I can’t help but wonder how Hall would fit in with the current Oilers today.  He seems like the perfect forward for playing alongside Connor McDavid and Lean Daisaitl, working on the team’s top power-play.  Edmonton traded Hall to New Jersey in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson.  This past season, Larsson recorded one goal, five assists totaling six points for the Oilers along with posting a below-average Corsi For Percentage of 47.9.

This season between New Jersey and Arizona, Hall’s recorded 16 goals, 36 assists totaling 52 points through 65 games played.  Hall’s Corsi For Percentage this season came in a touch below average as well at just 49.7.  Hall’s been nearly a point per game player throughout his ten-year career.  He’s notched 328 career points over 381 games played.  Hall’s scored 132 goals and 196 assists.

Detroit’s top point-getter this season was Dylan Larkin who topped out at 53 over 71 games.

Hall is offensive ability is the type of production the Detroit Red Wings need playing on its top line alongside Larkin and Anthony Mantha.  Hall would fit in perfectly with the pair as he can be a scoring threat off of the wing but also has no issue serving as a set-up man, making a pass, setting up his linemates.

During his younger days, Hall built a reputation of being a bit of a lazy forward.  He wouldn’t be that player who busts his tail getting back in support as much as others.  He appeared not to be as willing to commit to the defensive side of the game, but that’s not just Hall, it takes plenty of time for young to round out their entire game, but some players never do.  Playing Hall on the wing of Larkin will help cover his lack of defensive abilities.

The Red Wings should be desperate to add a top-six forward, and Hall, who played his junior hockey in Windsor leading the Spitfires to back-to-back Memorial Cups, playing in Detroit would be somewhat of a homecoming for the winger.