Taylor Or Tyler: Who Will The Oilers Take First Overall?

Joel Dundas@@JRDundasCorrespondent IApril 17, 2010

WINDSOR, ON - JANUARY 20:  Tyler Seguin #9 of Team Orr battles with Taylor Hall #4 of Team Cherry in the  Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game on January 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Team Cherry defeated Team Orr 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Certainly the debate of the season has to be who should be taken first overall, Tyler or Taylor? Only one thing has been determined so far: the Edmonton Oilers have the right to choose between the two.


While most scouts and fans alike would likely tell you that the easy choice would be to take Taylor Hall, it’s really not that simple.


Taylor Hall has certainly got the upper edge, but according to Central Scouting, Tyler Seguin is the better prospect.


Rated first overall, Seguin is said to have better overall potential, being a strong center as opposed to a winger. A good strong center is a lot harder to come by these days, and would be an asset to any struggling team.


Let’s take a look at both players’ accomplishments thus far.


Tyler Seguin, in just his sophomore season in the Ontario Hockey League, managed to tie for the league lead in scoring with Hall. With 48 goals and 58 assists, Seguin has certainly stepped up as an elite player. With eight more goals than Hall, a case could be made that he may have the edge in the shot department.


Seguin has better hands then Hall, he’s bigger, and they are fairly equal in terms of skating. While many may state the fact that Seguin did not record a point in the head-to-head matchup in the playoffs, it should also be known that the Spitfires finished nearly 30 points ahead of the Whalers, and really had the edge in overall talent.


When looking at Hall’s accomplishments, they are vast at such a young age. Hall tied for league lead in scoring (with six fewer games played), he has a Memorial Cup ring, was the Memorial Cup MVP, and the MVP in the playoffs—not to mention Hall was also an All-Star player in the World Juniors, where he won a silver medal.


Hall has already done it all, but he has done it in an extra season played. Who’s to say that Seguin could not have done that as well with an extra year in the league.


While a case could be made for both, the debate really comes down to who should the Edmonton Oilers take. With either player, you will get a winner, so it may eventually come down to: winger or center?


Verdict: The Edmonton Oilers with the first overall selection should take Taylor Hall. While Seguin is that coveted center that most teams would die to have, Edmonton could really use a winger. Looking down the road, a line that features Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky on the wing, with Jordan Eberle playing in the middle has to be to tempting to pass up.