After the Edmonton Oilers did what everyone expected and selected Taylor Hall No. 1, the Bruins picked center Tyler Seguin No. 2 overall.
After going to the podium and getting his Bruins jersey from the brass, Seguin talked to TSN.
He expects to compete for an NHL job in his first training camp.
“That’s my goal. I’m very confident in my skills,” he said. “After talking to the Bruins, I think I can come in and hopefully earn a spot.”
A natural center, Seguin joins a team that already features Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Rumors have run rampant this week that general manager Peter Chiarelli is trying to deal Savard. But Chiarelli avoided a question about that when asked by TSN.
“We’ve got a lot of versatility,” said Chiarelli. “Centermen are often the most talented players amongst the forwards. I know Tyler can play the wing, we talked about that. So we’ve got a lot of options.”
TSN analyst Pierre McGuire liked Hall better than Seguin. But still lauded Seguin.
“He’s a can’t-miss player,” said McGuire about Seguin. “Composure, he wants the puck.”
McGuire also addressed the comparisons to Steve Yzerman.
“I don’t know if that’s fair for this player, but he’s almost ready to be an NHL player.”
Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini, in essence, made the Bruins’ pick for them when he ended months of speculation by picking Hall at No. 1. Hall was ranked No. 2 to Seguin in the final Central Scouting Service ratings, but the Oilers couldn’t pass up the two-time Memorial Cup champion and MVP.
“They’re both great players, but we felt that Taylor, if you look at his resume of playing on the best team and being the best player, back-to-back Memorial Cup MVPs, prominent in the World Junior tournament, prominent on his team for his entire junior career, I haven’t met a more competitive person than this young man,” said Tambellini on TSN.