Monday, November 7, 2011

Taylor or Tyler?

Taylor Hall got his name called to the draft day podium first but Tyler Seguin laughed last and longest, celebrating a Stanley Cup victory with an original six franchise while Taylor iced the sprained ankle that likely cost him the Calder Trophy.  So who wins?

A month in to their sophomore season the Taylor Vs. Tyler debate still rages.

Seguin's Bruins have stumbled out of the blocks in a Stanley Cup hangover haze but thanks to a stellar start from Seguin they're back on track. The second year pivot has 15 points through 13 games which leads the Big Bad Bruins in scoring.

Hall's Oilers shot out of the gates at 8-3-2, taking a firm hold on the Northwest Division lead and employing a classic Tom Renney defensive system. Hall has only 9 points in 12 games for the low scoring Oil, whose impressive 22 goals against in 13 games is by far the lowest in the league. Hall finds himself taking a backseat to the Oil's most recent first overall pick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

It's early in their careers but you have to wonder who ended up with the better player, Boston or Edmonton?

Hall is an explosive winger who was the consensus first overall pick for 2010 while leading his Windsor Spitfires to their first of back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships. Seguin, a well-rounded centre stormed almost out of nowhere to tie Hall for the OHL lead in scoring in their draft year and eventually userp the Central Scouting ranking of first overall.

For now it looks like the Bruins came out on top using one of the first round picks they obtained from the Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal to draft the top rated player in the 2010 draft second overall.

You can't blame the Oilers for taking the long-favoured Hall with the first overall pick.  The Bruins were almost in a more favourable position since either player was a slam dunk - all they had to do was call the name that wasn't yet on the board. The Oiler's were hamstrung, no one in their right mind could not take a two-time Memorial Cup MVP first overall; maybe that's why they tried to acquire the second overall pick that year from the Bruins in a deal that was rumored to include Jordan Eberle.

The debate is far from over.

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