Oilers trade Hall for Larsson

The New Jersey Devils acquire RW Taylor Hall for RHD Adam Larsson.

Moments later McKenzie Tweeted out it was Adam Larsson, a 23-year old defenseman from the Devils.

Nearly every one of the Oilers' young, skilled forwards has been mentioned in trade rumors as the team's string of playoff-less season grows, but an emotional Hall admitted the move caught him offguard after six losing seasons in Edmonton. Very bad. So you can at least understand why they might want to dip into their group of high-end forwards to help fix that.

Larsson spent five seasons with the Devils, and he played very well a year ago under new head coach John Hynes.

The Devils' leading point producer last season was Palmieri, who averaged.7 points per game. This is a big step in restoring glory days in New Jersey.

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The 24-year-old Hall spent his entire six-year career with the Oilers, getting 132 goals and 196 assists in 381 games. In 381 National Hockey League games, Hall has posted fantastic numbers. But Hall is the best of the bunch, and for as dire as the need for defensive help is players like Hall are significantly more hard to find than defenseman like Adam Larsson. With the number of defensive prospects and National Hockey League ready defensemen that the Isles have, they could have easily matched or exceeded the Devils' offer.

The Week Ahead: With 82 points, Erik Karlsson led the Senators in scoring for the third straight year. Not only did he just trade Taylor Hall, the number one overall pick that year, but he also traded Tyler Seguin, the number two overall pick from the Plymouth Whalers when he was the general manager for the Boston Bruins. Hall is a force when he's on the ice, and an interesting mix of size and talent that allows him to control the small areas of the ice with authority, and the soft hands to thread the needle to a teammate or finish the job himself. "The game's changing and I felt it was critical that we move on this".

Shero tried to cut and paste last season by giving Hynes substandard parts such as David Schlemko, John Moore, David Warsofsky, Seth Helgeson and, most incompetently, Jon Merrill to hold the fort during shifts when his top pair needed a breather. Not yet, anyway. He plays solid defense and has point totals of 18/6/3/24/18 in five National Hockey League seasons.

Larsson maybe could develop into a No. 2 or No. 3 guy, but there's been little in his five-year career to suggest there's a good chance of that happening.

  • Michelle Webb