The Coyotes’ trade for Taylor Hall will provide several immediate benefits for the team, including some much-needed stability in the consistency of their play.
It’s now common knowledge that Taylor Hall is a member of the Arizona Coyotes and happy to be here. Fans are ecstatic and the ‘Yotes organization is giddy. Playoff hopes and aspirations are higher than they’ve been for quite a while.
Hall will wear number 91, and his presence on the ice beginning tonight against the always dangerous San Jose Sharks is greatly anticipated, mainly because his inclusion will allow the Coyotes to show improvement in a variety of ways.
For example, the caliber of the Coyotes’ “5 on 5” play will increase whenever Hall is on the ice. He’s a highly-skilled and crafty stick-handling goal scorer that’s willing and able to share the puck, and he takes pride in dishing out assists. Hall’s inclusion in the power-play unit will certainly result in more power-play goals, too.
One important contribution, however, cannot be overlooked: Taylor Hall’s presence will enable the Coyotes to play more stable and consistent hockey, especially at home. How you say?
His talent, skill, and experience will allow the younger and less experienced ‘Yotes to learn from him. His initial exuberance will be contagious and serve as a positive shot in the arm for the desert dogs. As his familiarity with his teammates’ strengths and weaknesses improves, so will his production, and theirs.
We all know the problems the Coyotes have had at times playing focused, disciplined hockey at home. No one disputes that their “.500” winning percentage is a stat that needs to improve, yet no one seems to be able to pinpoint why the Coyotes lose focus and play spurts of quality hockey but cannot consistently string 60 minutes of quality play together.
I believe that the addition of mega-talented Taylor Hall will result in a more effective attacking team. The Coyotes have always been substandard performers as it relates to goal production, and Hall’s arrival will result in a more balanced attack. The ‘Yotes have never been able to rely on a single player to carry the scoring load because they simply didn’t have a player with the requisite talent.
If it’s true that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” perhaps it begins for the Coyotes tonight in San Jose with game one of Taylor Hall’s career as a Coyote.
The Arizona Coyotes organization made a bold move in trading quality assets for Mr. Taylor Hall, and the fan base is appreciative of the commitment.
Now it’s time for that tide to rise! Let’s go Coyotes!