Periodically throughout the season, I will be checking up on the best and brightest young talent in the junior leagues. First on the docket is Windsor Spitfires forward Taylor Hall.
Taylor Hall is likely the most skilled player available in the draft since Sidney Crosby was drafted in 2005.
An amazing combination of size, speed, skill, and grit, any team that wins the Taylor Hall sweepstakes will have a franchise forward in the system.
Hall spent last season with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. An amazing start to the season really put the Kingston native on the map. Even though he went into a bit of a slump in the second half he still managed to record 38 goals and 52 assists in 63 outings.
Heading into the playoffs their were many questions regarding how Taylor Hall would recover from the second half.
Well he certainly silenced his critics.
The Windsor Spitfires ran the tables in the OHL playoffs only needing 20 games to dispatch of the: Owen Sound Attack, Plymouth Whalers, London Knights, and Brampton Battalion. In those 20 games, Hall recorded 36 points and was awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 award as the MVP of the playoffs.
It was off to the Memorial cup for the Spits.
After a rather poor showing in the round robin the Spits were forced to play in a tiebreaker game to which no team has gone on to win the Memorial cup. The Spits managed to pull a win out, and continue on against Drummondville. An intense game ensued which resulted in an overtime victory for Windsor.
Which led to a game for the history books.
For the first time ever, the Windsor Spitfires had come back from the tiebreaker game to ein the memorial cup, and who o you think won the MVP award. None other then Taylor Hall.
In the 2009-10 season Hall is off to a blistering start having already recorded 20 points in his first 10 games.
Projected Draft Rank: First overall
My Rank: First overall