Who will be the better NHL player, Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires or Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers?
NHL Central Scouting will shed some light on the subject Wednesday at noon ET with the release of its final rankings of the top 210 skaters and 30 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 150 skaters and 10 goaltenders from Europe. The final list, full analysis and coverage will be available on NHL.com and announced on NHL Live! on NHL Network, XM Radio and NHL.com.
Additionally, tune in to NHL Network's "On the Fly" on Wednesday night as Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire will be in-studio to discuss the final ranking's surprises and top-rated players in this year's draft class. The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, June 25-26.
At January's mid-term release, Central Scouting had Hall as the top-rated prospect and Seguin, second. Both players finished in a dead heat for the Ontario Hockey League regular-season scoring title with 106 points apiece. Hall had 40 goals in 57 games while Seguin produced 48 goals in 63 games. It marked the third time in the league's 76-year history that the scoring race was shared. The first stalemate occurred in 1971-72 when Toronto's Dave Gardner tied teammate Bill Harris with 129 points.
"Whether you're picking No. 1 or No. 2, you're getting one hell of a hockey player," OHL scout Chris Edwards said. "I'd even say if you get a top-five pick, you're probably getting a player who can step in and play for you next year and produce. It's close, but that's what we'll determine at our meetings."
Taylor Hall (Getty Images)
Hall's team moved one step closer to a repeat Ontario Hockey League championship Monday when Windsor defeated Seguin's Plymouth Whalers to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 series. Hall had a pair of assists in the Spitfires' 5-0 victory.
Plymouth center Tyler Seguin was held scoreless for the third straight game and was a minus-1. In the individual battle between the two junior stars, Hall has 3 goals, 6 points and a plus-6 rating; Seguin is scoreless and a minus-6.
Some of the other interesting storylines:
* Will Windsor defenseman Cam Fowler remain third overall behind Hall and Seguin?
* Does Russian forward Kirill Kabanov remain among the top 20 after opting to leave the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to return to his Russia last month?
* Will Minnesota scholastic star Nick Bjugstad of Blaine High School, ranked 12th at mid-term, remain the highest-rated high school player on the board?
Log on to NHL.com Wednesday at noon to get all the answers.