Taylor Vs Tyler: Can You Go Wrong With Either One?
Its the question on every single Edmonton Oiler's fans mind: Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin? Some fans have made up their mind already, being firmly entrenched, most in Hall's camp. If the message boards are any indication, there could be a near riot at the draft party at Rexall place depending on who they pick.
Some of the arguments are well thought out and based on the players themselves, while others are reaching in some cases. Most people want Hall as he is the "sexy" more known pick. Others think Seguin is the way to go as he is the franchise center we have been waiting for.
People have pointed to the playoff series between the Windsor Spitfires and the Plymouth Whalers as evidence to draft both of them. The Hall supporters say it is proof that Hall shows up in the big games, while Seguin, who went pointless in the series, does not. The Seguin supporters say that the series only proves how much better Windsor is than the Whalers, as all the Spitfires had to do was shut down Seguin and down goes the ship.
Personally, I want the Oilers to pick Hall, but if they go with Seguin, I won't really mind, as both should be great players. But some fans just flat out do not want Seguin at all. Some have even said they would boo at the draft party if they take Seguin. I think that is taking it a little too far.
These people think Seguin is destined to be a bust and use examples like the 1993 draft, where Ottawa GM Randy Sexton supposedly went to watch the #2 ranked prospect, and was so impressed by him, that he figured the #1 prospect must be even better and drafted him without watching him play. He drafted Alexandre Daigle over Chris Pronger. Now, even if that story is true, it has almost no bearing today. I highly doubt that Steve Tambellini hasn't seen both Seguin and Hall play, especially since the Oilers seemed to be guaranteed a last place finish in December. To think that they wouldn't scout him at all is pretty ridiculous, although I get where these people are coming from, as most fans (myself included) have almost never seen Seguin play, and that worries some, especially when the other choice has been so highly publicized in the World Juniors (alongside one of the Oiler's top prospects Jordan Eberle).
I like the think (or maybe hope is a better word) that this draft will be like the most recent drafts, where the top 2 or 3 picks both are good for their teams, like in 2009 with Tavares and Duchene, or 2008 with Stamkos and Doughty, and not like the drafts of the 90's with the Daigle's and the Stefan's.
In the end, whoever the Oilers pick, I will cheer and support like mad, and try my best not to think what if?
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