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Edmonton Oilers alternate captain says the team has failed

4/3/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsTuesday marked the 41st loss in the regulation the Edmonton Oilers had to digest. And their alternating captain Taylor Hall said that he knew the team had let down the fans and failed themselves, labelling the entire season as a loss and a humiliating experience. Hall is their lead goal scorer and all that coming from him is certainly harsh reality.
 
“We’re all struggling with the fact we’re 29th [place, in the NHL] and not in the spot we want to be. We just have to stay as positive as we can,” Hall said. “I think it’s safe to say this has been the toughest year out of the four I’ve faced — just with the expectations we had coming in and the way that we’ve played has let everyone, including ourselves, down.”
 
 
The way Hall has produced offensively is worth mentioning, though, especially in light of what head coach Dallas Eakins had to say earlier in the week.
 
Despite how the Oilers have fared Hall has been having another good season as his offensive stats are excellent. In 69 games he has racked 72 points and among the entire players in the team roster he is the one and only player who has played like he was expected to and his score shows his true calibre.
 
Despite the talent that he packs, it is a shame to see him put such effort and see the entire team around him fall like a house of cards. Despite how the team has performed his gameplay is worthy of note. Hall did mention that the team was not offensively inclined as head coach Dallas Eakins has stated.
 
“There’s this misconception about this team that it is an offensive skilled team. We’re not,” Hall said. “We have some players who have skill, but the last four or five years this team has been bottom five or six in shots and basically 26th in scoring … this is not a high-powered offensive team.”
 
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