If you’re looking to compile an early list of potential fantasy hockey sleepers next season, Taylor Hall better make the cut.
Talk about a garden seat. The move to Windy City effectively provides a guaranteed boost for Hall’s stock in the fall. That’s because all of this guarantees he’ll skate alongside Wednesday night’s No. 1 overall pick, Connor Bedard, for at least the next two seasons.
Despite the fact that it should sting – at least a little – leaving a Bruins team coming off the best regular season ever, it could be worse for the 32-year-old winger. At Bedard, Hall gets a phenomenon with a glass ceiling primed for 20 years of greatness in the National Hockey League. There’s a reason the term « generational talent » has stuck with him for a number of years now. The kid is the real deal.
Also, if you’re Hall, for various reasons, you’re licking your chops. He has two years left on his current contract, which means he will be eligible for an extension next summer. Can someone say cha-ching?
While it’s impossible to predict the future, if Hall maintains his position on Chicago’s top line, he has a chance for great things. After being a secondary option in Boston for the past two years, he will be back in the thick of things in Chicago. If I were to handicap things – and I know a lot can happen over the next few weeks – I think a potential trio of Hall, Bedard and Lukas Reichel makes a lot of sense. Of course, this will all depend on Luke Richardson and company.
While there’s no doubt the Hawks will likely stink next season, anyone with a prolific attachment to Bedard deserves a flyer — at the very least.