Regardless of where you stand on Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall, his underlying analytics are some of the best in the league. Hall is the metaphorical tide that raises all boats in terms of on-ice possession numbers. This fact brings up the question: How do the Oilers defensemen perform when playing with Taylor Hall, and when playing apart?
To answer this question I consulted stats.hockeyanalysis.com, and looked at Hall’s 5-on-5 score and zone-start adjusted statistics. Score adjustment, factors in the phenomena known as “score effects” which you can read more about here. Zone starts refer to the ratio of shifts, that start in the offensive zone.