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March 28, 2012 | 10:01am ET
Hall shut down
TheFourthPeriod.com

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, TSN reported yesterday.

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini confirmed that Hall will need five to six months of recovery time, hoping that he will be ready for the start of next season.

The 20-year-old hasn't played since he suffered a concussion during a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on March 17, but has reportedly been playing with the injured shoulder for a while.

"I've been playing with a pretty bad shoulder for most of the year and I'm excited to see what I can do after it's fixed," Hall said via his Twitter account.

The Oilers currently sit in 14th place of the Western Conference and are set to miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

The loss of Hall could bring the struggling Oilers closer to the second overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft over the Montreal Canadiens. The Columbus Blue Jackets are expected to get the top pick.

In 61 games this season, Hall has recorded 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points.

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