It wasn’t as much as a whirlwind this season for Taylor Hall in his first full campaign with the Boston Bruins.
Hall understands the heightened expectations that come with that contract, and it’s up to debate if Hall lived up to it this season — it took some time for Hall to get going as he scored just five goals through his first 26 games — but he did solidify Boston’s offense as a top-six forward.
Despite the slow start, Hall found his groove and believed he came away with positive results as his tenure with the Bruins continues.
“This year was a bit different,” Hall told reporters earlier this week during Boston’s exit interviews, as seen in team-provided video. “I think there’s different expectations when you sign a contract. Last year, I was kind of running on adrenaline a little bit and formed some really good chemistry with (David Krejci) last year. Then this year, not having him took a little bit to adjust at the start of the year.
“Overall, I have positive thoughts about my season and I want to continue to get better. I still think I have room in my game to be a better player next year and that’s what my commitment this summer will be.”
Hall tallied 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points, which was ranked fourth-best on the Bruins during the regular season. For Hall, it was the most goals and assists he has had in a season since his 2017-18 campaign with the New Jersey Devils.
“I think overall it was a positive season,” Hall said. “For me, individually, I thought I grew a lot as a player and helped our team win a lot of games this year. I feel good about that. Obviously, the playoffs, the loss still stings and I really believe that our group was capable of something really special this year. Just didn’t work out that way. Overall, I had a blast playing with these guys this year. Really enjoyable in that aspect.”
After bouncing around the NHL and suiting up for four different teams from 2019-2021, Hall sounds like a player who has found a permanent home with the Bruins.
“I’m very happy here. I consider myself lucky to be a Bruin and to live in this city,” Hall said. “I can’t say enough good things about this city and everything that comes along with it. I’m happy here. I think we have a really good nucleus and people in this dressing room. I’m already excited for next year.”