(Plymouth/ Ontario Hockey League), Taylor Hall (Windsor/ Ontario Hockey League) and Brett Connolly (Prince George/ Western Hockey League) are ranked the top three skaters respectively in this year’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft, according to Central Scouting.
The 18-year-old Seguin is the top-ranked North American skater rated by Central Scouting. He notched five goals and five assists in nine playoff games for the Plymouth Whalers in this season’s 2010 OHL (Ontario Hockey League) playoffs, before being defeated by the Windsor Spitfires in four games in the Western Conference Semifinals of the OHL playoffs. The 6’1” 172-pound Brampton, Ontario native tallied 48 goals and 58 assists in 63 regular games for the Whalers this season, becoming the first player in franchise history to lead the OHL in scoring (106 points in 2009-10 regular season). Seguin won a gold medal last August with Team Canada at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic, leading the tournament with four goals and six assists in four games.
The 18-year-old Hall, rated as the number two North American skater eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft according to Central Scouting, is currently a member of the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. During the 2009-10 regular season with Windsor, Hall posted 40-66=106 totals and 56 penalty minutes in 57 games. The 6’1 185-pound forward from Kingston, ON led the OHL during the regular season in assists with 66 assists and was tied with Tyler Seguin
for the league lead in points with 106 points. Hall’s Windsor Spitfires are currently playing in the Western Conference Finals of the OHL playoffs, having defeated number one rated prospect Tyler Seguin
’s Plymouth Whalers in the Western Conference Semifinal round.
The 17-year-old Connolly, rated as the number three North American skater eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft according to Central Scouting, is currently a member of the Prince George Cougars of the WHL (Western Hockey League). During the 2009-10 regular season with Prince George, Connolly posted 10-9=16 totals and 8 penalty minutes in just 16 games due to injury. The 6’2 181-pound forward from Campbell River, British Columbia registered 30-30=60 totals in 65 games during the 2008-09 season for Prince George.
The order of selection for the top picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was unveiled by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly during a 30-minute live program, 2010 LG NHL ® Draft Lottery, which was produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation was also simulcast on VERSUS and streamed live on NHL.com in the U.S.
The Draft Drawing involves Clubs that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the Clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs.
Per NHL rules, the Club selected in the Draft Drawing may not move up more than four positions in the draft order. Thus, the only Clubs with the opportunity to receive the first overall selection are the five teams with the lowest regular-season point totals, or the Clubs that acquired an eligible Club’s first-round draft pick. No club will move down more than one position as a result of the Draft Drawing.