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Leading up the 2010 NHL draft, the question on everyone's mind was "Taylor or Tyler?" With the first overall pick, The Edmonton Oilers opted for the big winger in Taylor Hall, as the Bruins happily accepted Seguin with the number two selection.
It was quite clear back then that these two players would be forever linked. They will be in direct competition as long as they lace up their skates on NHL ice.
Though Seguin already has a ring on his finger, the sting of being snubbed in favor of Hall surely stays with him. The rivalry between the two players ought to be a constant motivator for both wingers in the coming seasons.
| ||Tyler Seguin ||Taylor Hall
|2010/11 ||GP:74 G:11 A:11 P:22 ||GP:65 G:22 A:20 P:42
|2011/12 ||GP:81 G:29 A:38 P:67 ||GP:61 G:27 A:26 P:53
|Totals ||GP:155 G:40 A:49 P:89 ||GP:126 G:49 A:46 P:95
Despite playing in fewer games, Taylor Hall had a far superior rookie year. Hall immediately became a focal point of the rebuilding Oilers' offense, while Seguin was forced to earn his ice time on the Cup-winning Bruins. In year two, Seguin made the bigger improvement, adding fuel to the Taylor or Tyler debate.
Now veterans, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin will begin to take leadership roles on their teams. Each will be relied on to produce prolifically on an every game basis. As the competition moves forward, both players project to be perennial all-stars, and despite spanning separate conferences, the rivalry between Taylor and Tyler will rage on.
Taylor Hall will set the bar high, but Tyler Seguin, equipped with a proven supporting cast and a chip on his shoulder, will work relentlessly to outshine him.