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If Sam Gagner is Edmonton's Dave Andreychuk, what in the world is Taylor Hall?

Derek Leung

In my look at Sam Gagner as part of our Top 25 Under 25 series, I focused on era-adjusted comps which prompted a question from longtime reader Mark:

Zona*,

Those comps for Gagner are great. He's not nearly the player Andreychuk [was], but he'll be a good second [liner] for a long time. Do you have the same thing for Hall? I know Scott picked [Patrick] Marleau but is that still the closest?

First thing's first - Hall, health notwithstanding, has surpassed Marleau by a significant margin at this point in his young career.

Second thing - before running the comps for Hall, I picked out four names that I guessed would be close comparables for Taylor Hall at this point. When I ran through the numbers, I was way off. The exercise got me wondering - what is the public perception of Hall at this point?

Take a moment and leave a comment with the four players you feel are close comparables for Taylor Hall at this point in his career. We'll discuss and I'll post the answers shortly.

*Why do so many people address others by their last name? Is this a generational or geographic thing?