The Boston Bruins select Tyler Seguin, Center, Plymouth Whalers (OHL).
I mentioned before that the Bruins’ pick in the upcoming draft is going to be one of the easiest in NHL history. For Causeway Crowd in the FanSided Mock Draft, the pick was even easier because of what we have vested in it — absolutely nothing.
Nevertheless, Seguin is the pick with Taylor Hall going number one to the Edmonton Oilers.
My best guess is that this is going to be the way picks one and two play out on Friday night, although SI.com’s Allan Muir feels differently. He is one of the NHL insiders that sees Seguin going number one because he is the better fit than Hall.
According to The Hockey Writers, Bob McKenzie said, “If the team picking first overall needs a high-end centre more than it needs a goal-scoring winger, I could see Seguin going No. 1.”
One could certainly argue that this is the case with the Oilers, although many (myself included) would insist that you should always take the best available player.
Of course if the Oilers were to choose Seguin at number, this would be a gift for the Bruins because, as their roster currently stands (and I stress that aspect), Hall is probably the better fit because of his offensive repertoire and his primary position as a winger.
Seguin is not a bad consolation prize, though, if that is what he turns out to be.
Hall may be more NHL ready at this point, but Seguin is believed to have incredible playmaking ability that should translate well at the NHL level.
According to Muir’s mock draft, a scout said that Seguin’s hockey sense is off the charts and he is the best in his class at creating something out of nothing.
Seguin was even listed as the top prospect in the draft, ahead of Hall, in the International Scouting Service prospect rankings released in March.
Seguin is one of those guys that can make everyone around him better. He can generate instant offense because of his vision on the ice, and his ability to win in the faceoff circle enables others to create offense off the draw.
He is also a two-way player, which is a huge asset in today’s NHL.
All in all, if Seguin is the Bruins pick, they will be getting a guy who should have an impact right away and then gradually get better over time.
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