On June 25th, 2010, the Edmonton Oilers will change their team's direction for the better. They hold the 1st overall pick in this year's NHL entry draft. The decision is down between two top prospects, Center Tyler Seguin or Left Winger/Center Taylor Hall. Seguin enters the NHL draft as the #1 prospect according to Central scouting. The Oilers have two HUGE needs up front, a legit #1 center and a sniper at Left Wing to play with Ales Hemsky. Both are out there for the picking at the draft, but just what will the Oilers take. Every winning NHL team has their big center. In the cup this year Philly has Richards and Chicago has Toews, last year the Pens had Crosby and Wings Datsyuk. Seguin scored 48 goals this season in the OHL, with pretty much no one on his team around him to help him out. Taylor Hall is the sniping Left Winger who scored 40 goals this season in the OHL, but unlike Seguin he TORE it up in the OHL playoffs and the Memorial Cup championship, winning tourny MVP for the 2nd year in a row. Both players will be impact guys at the NHL level and be sure stars for the Oilers and Bruins (the teams with picks #1 and #2). The Oilers have a top line LW in Dustin Penner, who scored 32 goals this past season, and a top line RW in the flashy and underrated Ales Hemsky who has hit 70 points twice before in his NHL career, which some think has yet to hit its prime. They have a great young Left Winger coming up in top prospect Magnus Svensson and a top young Right Winger coming up in their 2nd best prospect, CHL player of the year Jordan Eberle. What about at Center? Well they have Sam Gagner as their top guy right now. Don't get me wrong I love Gagner, and think he is going to be a force at the NHL level. Gagner is only 20 and has shown a lot of promise at the NHL level. I think hes going to be a great 2nd line center in Edmonton, and a key part to winning anything anyime soon. After all every team needs a go to 2nd line center and Gagner is just that. The Oilers also have Gilbert Brule, a former top 10 pick himself, who appears to be a 3rd line center with a very good scoring touch, and who can win face-offs and PK. He will be of use to the Oilers. If you notcied, I didn't say anything about the Oilers having a #1 center in their system or on their roster right now. They wanted Horcoff to be the #1 guy, however after signing a big and unpopular contract extension, and having shoulder injuries Horcoff has never been that guy the Oilers were hoping for. They have every forward position set for the future minus Center. Seguin fits perfectly for the Oilers. He is going to score 40-50 goals every year with the dangerous shot he has and be an 80-100 point guy every year (minus his rookie year of course where he will be adjusting to the NHL). Hall will be the same thing as Seguin, but probably better offensivly during his career. The thing that seperates them is how good Seguin is at defense and how good he is on the PK and PP, and his ability to win the draw. Hall is a great PP guy, as is Seguin, and is good at PK but not as good as Seguin. Seguin would fit the Oilers center needs for the future and would be the center piece in the Oilers return to the top. This all could change though if the Oilers go out and trade for Jason Spezza at or before draft day, which has just become very possible ever since Sens GM Bryan Murray said that he feels Spezza is unhappy with the way the fans and media treated him in Ottawa. Who would you take and why? Me? I'd go Tyler Seguin, I just think hes too good to pass up on, and he fits the Oilers need. Leave a comment and let me know who and why goes 1st at the draft.
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