Not to the Taylor or Tyler question.
No that one became almost a secondary issue by the time the draft rolled around because it was debated to death and really didn’t seem to make much difference to anyone. Even the Edmonton Oilers fans figured the team couldn't go wrong and were unable to decide which player their team should take with the first overall pick. Half the 400 people queried for a local newspaper by the top polling firm in Canada wanted Taylor Hall and the other half took Tyler Seguin.
The Oilers decided on Hall, as had been widely expected and then the Bruins jumped on Seguin, which set the stage for what might have been the biggest unknown of the first round, who would the Panthers take at No. 3. If anyone.
The Panthers had been getting a lot of calls for the choice, but new GM Dale Tallon hung on to it although he did make another deal with Vancouver to pick up a third first-round choice, No. 25. Tallon added a nice touch togh by dispending with all the hokey pleasantries that usually are delivered from the podium and simply announcing his choice defenseman Eric Gudbranson.
That was a bit of surprise since a lot of people had offensively-skilled blue liner Cam Folwer going to Florida in that spot, but Gudbranson is a big physical defenseman who has the makings of a real shutdown type that has been so crucial in recent seasons.
Hall though, has the makings of a superstar, and ultimately that’s what separated him from Seguin for the Oilers. Seguin was the top ranked player in the NHL Central Scouting final report and is likened by many to Steven Stamkos, but Hall won back-to-back Memorial Cups with Windsor and was the MVP of the championship tournament both times.
“It was close, they’re both great players,” Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini said. “But we felt looking at his resume, playing on the best team, being the best player back to back Memorial Cup MVP, a prominent on this team in World Junior Championship, prominent throughout his career, I haven’t met a more competitive young man.”
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli didn’t look too upset sitting next to his choice of Seguin which gives Boston a glut of centers and some real potential for trades. Sequin joins a list that includes Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci and even newcomer Nathan Horton, who plays wing mostly but is a natural center. Chiarelli would only say he like having options, but he dismissed reports that he was close to moving former Vezina winner Tim Thomas.
“He doesn’t want to leave Boston and he has a no-trade clause,” Chiarelli said.
Finally we have the answer
Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:07 pm