The NHL Scouting Combine is going on this week in Toronto. We know that Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin are going to go 1-2 in next month’s NHL Entry Draft, but we don’t know which one will go to Edmonton first and which will come to Boston after that. The combine won’t make or break either player, but could provide the teams with a little more insight that could alter their opinions a tad.
Today Adam Kimelman of NHL.com gave both Seguin and Hall a chance to make their cases for being the No. 1 pick, which in essence is a reason why they should join the Oil Slick instead of the Black and Gold.
Seguin: “I think it’s two main reasons. First off is my improvement level. I came into the (OHL) ninth overall, and I kept on getting better through my rookie year and this year. Secondly, I think if you’re going to go first overall to a market like Edmonton you’re going to be in the spotlight, and you have to be able to handle that pressure. I came into this season not knowing what the pressure feels like but I thought I adapted and handled it well, and was still able to perform.”
Hall: “I have the tenacity, I have the speed, I have the skill to do it. If Edmonton feels I’m their guy, I’m going to try make that organization as best I can, try to help them from the shape their in. If I’m not, I’m not going to be too depressed. It would be a great accomplishment to go No. 1. I think I’ve worked pretty hard for it.”
You have to like Seguin’s answer. To face up to the pressure of joining one of the NHL’s six Canadian teams, he’s showing that coming to Boston wouldn’t faze him. Right now, my gut tells me there’s no way Edmonton can ignore the hype around Hall and that they’ll pick the Windsor sniper and allow the Bruins to claim Seguin. Then the Bruins can break the centerman in slowly, maybe even playing him on wing next to a veteran like Patrice Bergeron or Marc Savard at the outset of his NHL career.