If you’re hoping for an early resolution to the Taylor Hall/Tyler Seguin debate so you can go get your new spoked ‘B’ jersey sewn up with the Bruins’ new star rookie’s name on the back, the Edmonton Oilers don’t plan on cooperating.
Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini told the CanWest News Service that he doesn’t plan to reveal which player his team is going to pick at No. 1 overall until the pick is made Jan. 25 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“We’re not making our decision until the final end. Both players know that. I don’t think there’s any wrong answer here. There’s lots of reasons to go either way,” Tambellini told Jim Matheson after a visit by Hall to Edmonton.
The key to Tambellini’s statement is “I don’t think there’s any wrong answer here.” And that’s why other than you waiting to get your new sweater embroidered, there’s no reason to worry about the identity of the new player between now and two Fridays from now. The Bruins are going to get a stud forward that will have to be a difference-maker next season because there’s nowhere to go but up for Boston’s offense. Whether it’s Taylor or Tyler is just a matter of one letter, so you can root for one if it’ll make that sweater cheaper, but otherwise relax and relish the idea of either one skating for the Bruins.