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Taylor Hall is having a terrific season you haven't heard about

Edmonton's winger is finally becoming a star.

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If you've paid a lick of attention to the NHL this season, you're well aware of the main rotation of names given high praise so far: Patrick Kane. Henrik Lundqvist. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Michael Cammalleri. (Okay, maybe not him. But he's doing really well, I swear!)

You know who you haven't heard about? Taylor Hall. And that's a shame.

Hall is on his way to the best season of his career without much fanfare whatsoever. That's probably because he plays for the Edmonton Oilers, the NHL's eternal cellar dwellers. But even when the league's eyes were on the Oilers early this year, Hall's accomplishments were overshadowed by Connor McDavid. Once McDavid was sidelined with an injury, the focus left Edmonton entirely.

But Hall has kept on chugging with or without your attention, finally fulfilling the elite potential promised when the Oilers drafted him first overall in 2010. He's the reason you should actually be turning on Oilers games every once and awhile.

There was a stretch this season when Hall was threatening to eclipse Benn, Seguin and Kane in the points race. He's fallen off a bit over the last week, but his season is still impressive nonetheless. He is eighth in the scoring with nine goals and 25 points in 24 games.

The Oilers have leaned on Hall as a workhorse even before Connor McDavid went down a month ago. Only six forwards in the league have played more minutes than Hall, and only one of them (Kane) has outpaced him in points. Per War-on-Ice, Hall is 10th in Fenwick For (unblocked shots produced by a player or their teammates when that player is on the ice) among forwards with more than 300 minutes of ice time this year:

Name/Team FF
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars 283
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens 280
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars 275
James Neal, Nashville Predators 272
Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs 271
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs 267
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings 266
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes 266
Mathieu Perreault, Winnipeg Jets 265
Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers 263

Hall's production rose to another level when the Oilers promoted second-year center Leon Draisaitl to his line earlier in November. In 14 games this year, Draisaitl has 18 points and is fourth in the NHL with 1.29 points per game. Hall has been involved with 13 of those points.

The chemistry between Hall and Draisaitl is one of the more exciting developments in the league so far. Hall has always had speed to burn, but not necessarily the linemates to help him utilize it. Draisaitl is the perfect complement. The pair has turned Edmonton's transition game into a real weapon.

This combo works because Hall's speed backs off defenders enough to find Draisaitl, who has a knack for finding an open space.

It's gotten to the point that defenders respect the pair almost too much. Watch Draisaitl and Hall float into the Arizona zone and cut to the front of the net almost at will:

But we all knew Hall could produce offensively. The most important shift in his game this season is how he takes care of the puck. Over the last two seasons, Hall has been among the league leaders in forward giveaways. In 2013-14, he led the league with 100 giveaways. His speed and reckless determination to advance the puck has often been a detriment to his team.

This year he's on pace for 45 turnovers, by far his lowest mark. Part of his maturity this year has been willingness to save his dangles for deep in enemy territory, not entering the offensive zone. Waiting for plays to develop instead of trying to make everything happen at once is a big step forward for a winger of Hall's caliber.

The problem, of course, is that Hall's excellent season hasn't translated to team success. Once again, the Oilers sit dead last in the NHL standings with 18 points. Edmonton as a whole is dragging its feet while Hall takes a huge leap forward into stardom.

But what a leap it's been. It took five seasons, but Hall is clearly arriving as the most dynamic left winger in the game not named Alex Ovechkin or Jamie Benn. Someday the rest of the Oilers will catch up to his progression. For now, they can enjoy watching one of their biggest investments finally bloom.