This past Tuesday night, around 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Boston Bruins fans finally felt a feeling they have not felt in a quite some time, the feeling of not getting screwed over. The ping pong balls landed in favor of the Edmonton Oilers which in turn was the absolute best-case scenario for the Bruins (aside from actually receiving the number one draft selection) and Peter Chiarelli and Company landed the number two draft choice in June’s NHL entry draft.
What does this mean for the Bruins? This means that the Bruins will be bringing either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, two highly touted prospects, into their system. Hall is primarily a left wing, and the Bruins have been craving a top-notch left wing for some time now. The winger out of Kingston, Ontario, Canada stands at 6’1” and weighs 185lbs. Hall put up 106 points (40g, 66a) this past season in 57 games for the Windsor Spitfires and in three seasons tallied 280 points (123g, 157a) in 183 regular season contests.
Seguin is naturally a center but, according to Peter Chiarelli, has played on both wings so, he could also be serviceable on the outside because of the logjam at center for the Bruins. Seguin is also from Canada (Brampton, Ontario) and is 6’1” and weighs in at 186lbs, basically the same size as Hall. This past season, the winger notched 106 points (48g, 58a) in 63 regular season games. In 124 games over two seasons with the Plymouth Whalers he tallied 173 points (69g, 104a). Fantastic numbers for both guys.
Last year’s first overall pick John Tavarez, chosen by the New York Islanders, had a fantastic first season with all aspects considered. On a team that finished with the 5th worst record in the league when the regular season came to a close this past Sunday, Tavarez put up 54 points (24g, 30a)…in his first NHL season. That is simply a great year. With all of that said Central Scouting, who is said to be the most accurate scouting source for the sport of hockey, claims that Tavarez would not even be considered a Top 2 pick in this June’s draft. That’s how special these two players are. Both Hall and Seguin are said to be able to provide an immediate impact with no further junior, college, or AHL development needed to prepare them for NHL competition.
Yesterday afternoon I heard Michael Felger mention on 98.5 The Sports Hub that Tyler Hall would love to play for the Boston Bruins and that he currently wears #4 because of Bobby Orr. Do you hear that Chiarelli? That’s passion to play in this city. Make it happen in some way shape or form.
Out of the two prospects mentioned my preference is Taylor Hall over Tyler Seguin because of the fact that he is a pure left hand shot that can dominate the left wing. Having either will be a treat but my gut is leading my heart to Hall. It is highly possible that Edmonton takes Tyler Seguin because not only do they need a center but, on the previous Central Scouting update he moved ahead of Taylor Hall for the first time ever. Maybe the Oilers take the bait or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
The Boston Bruins have quite a few quality picks (3 in the top 32 to start) in this year’s upcoming draft. On top of the Hall/Seguin pick the Black and Gold have the ability to get so much better through drafting and/or trading picks. This will be one of the most exciting drafts for the Bruins in quite some time.
So, who do you prefer gets drafted by Peter Chiarelli and Company?