The first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will be loaded with talented defensemen but one thing is for sure – the first two picks will be forwards. Tyler Seguin is currently rated #1 on NHL’s Central Scouting list as the top prospect entering this year’s draft.
The 6’1 186 lbs center just completed his second season in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers more than doubling his goal total from the previous season and tying for the league-lead in scoring with 106 points. Seguin, known for his playmaking and ability to make others better around him, impressed scouts and GM’s at the NHL Combine with his strength and tenacity.
The #2 ranked prospect listed by Central Scouting can just as easily go number one overall – Taylor Hall is coming off his second straight Memorial Cup championship as well as tournament MVP to cap off an outstanding junior career. Hall tied Seguin for the OHL lead in scoring but the award went to Seguin because he had more goals – Hall played 6 fewer regular season games but won a silver medal with team Canada at the World Junior Championship in December.
Some say that Seguin will have a better NHL career overall but Hall is probably more NHL-ready – something that the Oilers probably could use – so it’s anybody’s guess as to who Edmonton and Boston will take with the first two picks.