Young Willis kind of stole my thunder with a post over at Oilers Nation about Taylor Hall’s struggles last week. It struck me that it was pretty funny – a decade ago, nobody would be talking about Hall’s bad season. Now, with Corsi% and PDO widely available, it’s a pretty hot topic of discussion.
I don’t have a ton to add to what Young Willis said at the moment but I thought a graph might help illustrate the point. I went through and sorted all of Hall’s games over the past three seasons by his Corsi%. Blue is 2011-13, orange is this year. It’s pretty obvious that something’s gone badly wrong.
One of the funny things about this season is that there actually has been improvement in the Oilers SF/SA numbers when Hall isn’t on the ice. They’re back to about where they were with Tom Renney coaching. It’s just been hidden because Hall’s suffered through a bit of a nightmare season. The change is so stark, there has to be something going on here, whether it’s a bad injury he’s playing through, a change in tactics or something else. Just a question of what.Email Tyler Dellow at email@example.com