Tuesday night featured four Edmonton Oilers power plays and Flyers captain Claude Giroux saw some time on the penalty kill. Head coach Craig Berube was asked about it following the game and it didn't sound like he wanted to put Giroux out there but he didn't have any other choice.
"Well without Adam Hall here anymore I don't have a right handed centerman to take draws," Berube said after the game. "So Claude Giroux's the best fit for a face off kind of team, so I need to use him in that situation. He took a lot of draws, a couple that he didn't win, he ended up staying out there. He's killed penalties before for us, he's done a good job."
Hall, 34, signed to play in Switzerland this past summer but he played 234 shorthanded minutes for the Flyers last season which is impressive considering he only played 503 total minutes for the entire 2013-14 season. Berube cites faceoffs as the reason Giroux was out on the ice and that is where Hall shines. Hall won 61% of his faceoffs last season according to Hockey-Reference and Hall won 110 of 201 shorthanded faceoffs in 2013-14.
The center wasn't much of an offensive threat as he scored four goals and dished out five assists in 80 games for the teams but two of his four goals came in shorthanded situations.
When Hall signed in Switzerland, it did not seem like that much of a loss for the Flyers at the time. A gritty player who plays 9:50 per game didn't seem like a huge loss but it turns out they are feeling it. Ryan White, a forward signed away from Montreal, was likely going to replace Hall this season but he is out indefinitely with a torn pectoral muscle.
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