Physically speaking, it would not take much effort to picture Taylor Hall in an Edmonton Oilers jersey. It's possible that the idea could be more than just an Oiler fans' imagination.
With the New Jersey Devils sliding to 0-4-2 entering Thursday despite high expectations, there are not rumors, but hypotheticals, regarding Hall's status later this year.
Though there is a large emphasis on the words "if" and "think", there is a possibility Taylor Hall returns to play for the Oilers. The deal would make sense for the Oilers, considering they are trying to win a Stanley Cup right now.
In 2017, Connor McDavid's first season, the Oilers seemed destined to make a run at the Cup before they blew a 3-0 lead late in the third period in a tie-breaking Game 5 against the Anaheim Ducks, then dropped Game 7 on the road.
Game 5 was a big turning point, as the team took a surprising downturn by finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Pacific Division over the next two years.
The Oilers have finally brushed aside those concerns this year by entering Thursday as the best team in the NHL with 12 points. Hall could be a huge addition to the team's already stellar lineup of forwards, including McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal. However, at his best, Hall can serve as a great player on both ends, considering he finished with a career-high +14 in his Hart Trophy-winning season with the Devils.
Clearly, there should be some time before the "if" actually becomes when, but the Oilers should be ready to go after Hall by that point.