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Tyler Seguin ranked ahead of Taylor Hall by CSB

Posted on: November 18, 2009 12:13 am

Central Scouting released its preliminary rankings on Tuesday and surprisingly Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires was not their top ranked prospect in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
That honour belongs to Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers. Cam Fowler also of the Spitfires is the top ranked defenseman in the OHL and ranked third overall.
However, TSN analyst and draft expert Bob McKenzie polled seven scouts and five said they would select Hall first overall.
International Scouting Service (ISS) agrees with the scouts as they had Hall ranked first overall on their November rankings followed by Seguin and Fowler.
Other Spitfires making the CSB list include right winger Austin Watson, ranked eight, and left winger Justin Shugg, ranked 11th. Former Spitfire Andrew Yogan is ranked 10th.
Seguin, a 6'1" 186-pound center, has risen to the top very quickly on the strength of his performance in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and his play so far this season. He is fourth in OHL scoring with 36 points in 18 games while Hall leads the OHL with 21 goals and 45 points in 25 games. Fowler is the top scoring defenseman with 29 points in 25 games and ranks second in the league witha plus/minus of plus-25.
Hall and Fowler have been considered top prospects since The Hockey News (THN) included them among the top five players to watch for in the 2010 draft in their annual Future Watch special issue published in February 2008.
Hall assumed the status as the top ranked prospect later that season in THN's 2008 Draft Preview Special Issue which was published in April 2008. Fowler was ranked fourth overall. Hall has often been compared to Pavel Bure because of his blazing speed and knack for scoring goals. Fowler is compared to Scott Niedermayer of teh Anaheim Ducks as both players are smooth skating defenseman who can control the game at both ends of the ice.
Hall maintained his number one status through 2009, while Fowler saw his stock drop and was not included in THN's top 10 prospects in the 2009 Draft Preview.

To place your vote on who should be ranked #1 please go to: Central Scouting drops Taylor Hall from top spot, scouts still think he's No. 1


Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2009 2:47 pm

Tyler Seguin ranked ahead of Taylor Hall by CSB

Hey SlumpBuster,
I was at the Super Series game in Windsor last night and Hall did outplay Seguin, and everybody else for that matter. He was blocking shots on the PK, drew three penalties, scored an unassisted goal on the PP and also had an assits to earn player of the game honors.

I like Seguin as well, his game seems to be a bit more conservative and controlled than Hall. That's in part because he is a center and has more defensive responsibilities than Hall who plays the wing, and Hall is given the green light  far more often in the Windsor system because he has Henrique as his center who is a crafty player with great defensive instincts.

I love Fowler, and I think he projects better offensively than Bouwmeester, and draws the comparisons to Niedermayer because of his effortless skating. The game changes when he is on the ice. Windsor seems so much more relaxed when he's on the ice and their attack seems so much more crisp because of his ability to make that first pass out of the zone, or the right pass at the point of attack in the offensive zone. Ellis has incredible offensive instincts and is underrated defensively. His size is a concern for me, he is willing to compete with anybody, but I envision him against Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan, or Heatley, Thornton, and Marleau, and I'm not sure he will be able to handle their size as a unit.

Here is a link to my writeup on the Super Series game (I am now also covering the Windsor Spitfires in addition to the Red Wings for along with audio clips from Hall, Ellis, Seguin, caoches Dave Cameron and Bob Boughner.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2009 9:31 pm
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