Hall missed seven games earlier this season due to the shoulder after being hit in a game against the Avalanche on
Nov. 26, 2011.
In talking to the media about his upcoming surgery he has stated that he has had the injury for four years. That being the case, Lowe and Tambellini knew that Hall had a chronic shoulder problem and still drafted him first overall in the 2010 Entry Draft! We know that for sure because they had scouting reports and also because they spent plenty of time with him before the draft and asked him a ton of questions. They even visited his home. Was it wise to draft a player who has a chronic shoulder injury? No! Shoulder problems can last a lifetime and it is possible that Hall will never be without pain. This type of surgery apparently has a high success rate but sometimes they don’t work and doctors do make mistakes. Even without the shoulder issue, Lowe and Tambellini knew that Hall had a problem with his balance and being reckless, and that should have been enough to stay away from him and to go for
Hall was falling down all over the place for the first half of last year and
then he fell in the fight with Dorsett and hurt his ankle and missed the rest
of the year. Then, this year he fell in warm-ups after stepping on a puck and subsequently
suffered the major laceration to his forehead; and, most recently he fell as
Cory Sarich hit him and Hall suffered a concussion. If that wasn’t enough, Hall
went to Seguin
during the All-Star break and forgot his shoes and decided to go golfing in
sandals and injured a toe. When will it end with Hall? On the other hand, Mexico
has proven to be a better player both offensively and defensively. Anyway, the
fact is that Lowe and Tambellini took a gamble on Hall because they knew that
he was reckless, had poor balance, and was suffering from a chronic shoulder
condition. Lowe and Tambellini have made numerous other draft mistakes, poor
trades, and also ridiculous contract offers—for example, Hemsky recently being
given the 10 million dollar gift for two years, and last year they tried to low-balled
Ryan Jones. Seguin
What I like about Hall is his love for the game and desire to win, but I do not care for his pride, careless play on the ice, and stick-throwing in practice (which is the result of being embarrassed). Sorry, but I have to tell it like it is rather than making excuses.
I truly hope that Hall’s surgery goes well and that he is able to be the player that he wants to be—that would be great! Maybe he will lay down some of the pride and cockiness when he gets older?
As I stated in my last article about Hall,
“Hopefully his mom can convince him to rest when he needs to rest, to stop living off of fast food, and to buy shoes when he needs shoes!”