Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hall on 2nd Edmonton Return: Not 'Same Nervousness' as Past

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hall on 2nd Edmonton Return: Not 'Same Nervousness' as Past

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EDMONTON – It was a visibly relaxed Taylor Hall that met with the media after the Devils morning skate on Friday at Rogers Place, a stark contrast to how he reacted on Jan. 12 in his first trip back to face the Oilers as an opponent.

"I'm just used to it," said Hall, selected No. 1 overall by the Oilers in 2010 and swapped to the Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29, 2016. "This is a special place for me to play, I loved my time here. But coming back this year, I don't feel the same nervousness about the reception or anything like that." Hall had an assist in the Devils' 3-2 overtime loss at Edmonton on Jan. 12, the second time the teams had met in six days and a stretch Hall acknowledged as "stressful."

Despite tying for the team lead in points last season with 20 goals and 33 assists, Hall's first season with the Devils was a disappointing one for both him and the team, which finished last in the Eastern Conference. But Hall now has a comfort level in being a Devil and the team came into Friday night's game with a 9-2-0 record. …

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