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Former Oiler Taylor Hall Wins MVP

The former 1st overall pick wins his first Hart Trophy

2018 NHL Awards - Press Room Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Taylor Hall, the 1st overall pick of the 2010, and three-time Edmonton Oilers team scoring leader, has won the 2018 Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP.

Hall set career highs in goals (39), assists (54), and (obviously) points (93), both total and per-game. He also set a career high in shooting percentage (14.0). His goal total was 12 more than his previous career high of 27, which he had accomplished twice with the Oilers in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Hall’s traditional stats were very impressive, but a lot of his Hart Trophy support undoubtedly comes from how he carried a relatively weak supporting cast in New Jersey to an unexpected playoff berth. Perhaps the most amazing fun fact about Hall’s 2017-18 season is that he led his team in scoring by 41 points, the largest gap between any team’s top two scorers in the NHL.

A large contributor to Hall’s career high numbers came from the his increased production on the powerplay. Hall’s 37 powerplay points are 16 more than his previous career high of 21, set with the Oilers in 2011-12. In fact, Hall had 55 even-strength points in 2017-18, which is seven fewer than he had in 2013-14, the season when he had his previous career high in total points (80), and only two more than he had in the 2015-16 season in Edmonton, when he had 65 total points.

On a per-game basis, 2017-18 was Hall’s third best season for even-strength points-per-game, behind 2013-14, and 2012-13.