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20 Hart Trophy Candidates

By Mike Brennan
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens (40) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens (40) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 23, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall (4) screens Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 11: Taylor Hall, LW, Edmonton Oilers

Let’s stay north of the border and go over to Edmonton, where we will find No. 11 on our list. The 24-year-old Hall leads the struggling Oilers in points with 48 on 18 goals. He is the player going to the All-Star game for the Oilers, and will get to show off some of his speed and offensive skills to the hockey world that does not get to see him very often since he is up in Edmonton. One of the most surprising stats for Hall is the number of shots he takes. He’s almost averaging four shots a game, so there is no shortage of self-confidence in this player.

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One of the negatives in his play is on the defensive end, which results in him getting starts in the offensive zone 54 percent of the time, and him not getting on the penalty kill very often. While Hall is a great young talent, the fact that he is on Edmonton is not helping his case for after-season awards. He is a finisher who does not have the players on his line to create enough opportunities for him. Not taking anything away from Hall on this — he is phenomenal talent — but he will not win the Hart Trophy while on this bad Edmonton team. Maybe once he starts playing with Connor McDavid again, Hall will be able to generate a lot more offense and move his name up the list.

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