The New Jersey Devils are one of the biggest surprises in the NHL’s Eastern Conference this season. Just a season removed from a lottery finish that earned them the right to select dynamic Swiss forward Nico Hischier first overall, the Devils now appear destined for a top three finish in the Metropolitan Divison and a playoff berth.
While they may not have generated the buzz that the Vegas Golden Knights have in the West, there’s no denying that the Devils are one of the league’s biggest surprises. In fact, if you had predicted that the Devils would make the playoffs this season at any point, you’d be laughed out of the building. More analysts were predicting another lottery finish than a playoff finish for the Devils, that’s for sure. Yet… here we are more than halfway through the month of February and the Devils are still firmly in the mix. Thanks in large part to former Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall.
The 25-year-old Hall, traded to the Devils in exchange for Adam Larsson two years ago, has a remarkable 24 goals and 62 points in 54 games for the Devils this season. He’s the team’s leading scorer, a clear 23 points ahead of Hischier. Remarkable.
Over the course of his past two seasons Hall has made it clear that he’s not happy with the way things played out for him in Edmonton. And earlier today, when presented with the opportunity to throw more shade at his former team, Hall pounced:
Wow… that is blunt. Way to keep it professional there, Taylor...
Despite the sour grapes, it's actually somewhat satisfying to see Hall playing so well and contributing to his team's success. All the best in your rookie playoff run, Taylor!