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Taylor Hall draws into lineup against Blackhawks

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 11: New Jersey Devils Left Wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck past the blue line during the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres NHL game on November 11, 2016, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire.)

The New Jersey Devils have been without forward Taylor Hall for a chunk of their fall campaign so far, as the left winger – dealt to the team over the summer for defenseman Adam Larsson – sat out with a meniscus tear.

Now, though, he’s back – and a bit ahead of schedule.

Hall, who boasts 12 points through the 14 games he played prior to his injury (which, at the time, had him first on the roster in scoring), will draw back into New Jersey’s lineup on Thursday evening against the Chicago Blackhawks. The former first overall pick will rejoin the Devils as they attempt to stop a three-game losing skid.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hall played for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires before going pro with Edmonton at the start of the 2010-11 season.

Since then, he has remained exclusively at the NHL level, excluding his time spent with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons during the 2012 lockout. During his NHL career, he has racked up 137 goals and 340 points in just 395 career games, good for second in scoring in his draft class behind just Tyler Seguin.

The Devils, as mentioned above, are coming off of a three-game losing skid against the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Winnipeg Jets. Hopefully, the return of their biggest offensive threat will help the Metropolitan Division club turn things around sooner rather than later.

The Devils and the Blackhawks will face off at the United Center in Chicago at 7:30 PM CST.

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