For much of the 2009-10 season we have been hearing about two junior hockey stars, Tyler Seguin
and Taylor Hall, and the possibility that either one could go number one in June's draft.
All during the current campaign they have gone back-and-forth between the number one and two spot for the NHL 2010 Draft in Los Angeles.
E.J. McGuire is the Director of the NHL Central Scouting. His staff ranks the players according to a checklist that contains skills needed for the pro-league.
No matter where they are drafted, McGuire sees potential in both young men.
tied for the overall OHL scoring championship this year and did it with essence,” said McGuire to NHL.com. “With his speed, size and overall skills he’s a right shot center men around whom a teams going to build a franchise with in the future.”
"The confidence I have in this is that, I think [Hall and Seguin] are so close, they could be flip-flopped.
"I don't think that's at all being wishy-washy about it, but there may be something that a team sees that may sway them this much in order to pick one over the other," he said.
Seguin, who was just named the OHL's top prospect after being named Central Scouting's number one, will join the rest of this year's crop of draft-eligible prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine this coming weekend in Toronto.
“When I play my best I think I have an all around complete game. I try to be really good on my own zone and I try to carry that to the offensive zone,” said Seguin to NHL.com earlier this season. “I see myself as a playmaker but also can also burry the puck when I need too.”
All eligible draftees with attend the combine (Friday May 28th- Saturday May 29th). They will be given a fitness and health test along with their skills test.
There's no doubt Hall has prepared as well, although the slick-shooting winger recently said that players can't necessarily focus on the future in the middle of a season.
“I don’t think you can prepare for it," said Hall. "I saw how [Tavares] handled himself. You’ve just got to take it as it comes."
Hall did do everything he could to help his team and although it was Seguin who is rated at the top, it's Hall's Windsor Spitfires who came out on top to win the Memorial Cup for the second straight year.
“I think if I do whatever I can on and off the ice, I’ll go as high as I can,” said Hall, perhaps prophetically.
Boston has the second pick in the first round of the draft. This combine could very well determine whether the B’s will be seeing a new center, Seguin or a new left wing, Hall.
Peter Chiarelli has yet to give a clear-cut answer, but he is leaning to one side of the argument.
“We’ve got one guy higher than the other,” said the B's general manager at the end of the Bruins season. "[That's] unless there’s a monumental change [during the Memorial Cup], but I doubt that will change our mind.”