2010 NHL Draft: Five Things to Know About Tyler Seguin
Very close to the 2010 NHL Draft, everyone should know by now that the top two picks are going to be Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin.
Taylor Hall has been touted as going first overall, but don't count out Seguin. He could very well go No. 1 overall tonight, and if he falls to the Bruins at No. 2 they will be happy to draft a player who they will see for a very long time.
So here are five things you should know about Tyler Seguin.
He's Ranked No. 1 for a Reason
The NHL Scouting Bureau has Tyler Seguin ranked as the No. 1 prospect. Most other scouts you talk to rank him No. 2, so consensus is that Hall will go No. 1.
But remember, Seguin is ranked No. 1 for a reason. The Scouting Bureau wasn't just messing with everyone when they put him there. He tied Hall for the OHL scoring lead, and while Hall played less games, Seguin was on a much weaker team.
Hall was surrounded by vast amounts of talent that could draw even a bit of attention off himself. Seguin did not have this privilege.
Seguin's ability to find his teammates and dish out the puck is his strength. Along with that, though, he has great vision, which makes him a huge threat every time he steps onto the ice.
This should allow him to develop chemistry with his line in the NHL, and once he gets to know his teammates he'll have the ability to make ridiculous passes at will.
He can score goals too. Seguin potted 48 goals in 63 games for his Plymouth Whalers this season.
Slow Start to his OHL Career
In Seguins rookie season in the OHL, he was looking like a bust. He was taken ninth overall in the 2008 OHL draft. Seguin scored one goal in his first 17 games.
His coach looking to get Seguin out of his slump, put him on the first line. Seguin went on to score 58 points in his final 41 games.
Comparable to Yzerman
Most people liken Seguin to Yzerman, and these comparisons are not to be taken lightly.
While it will be tough for Seguin to become as elite as Yzerman was, with hard work he could very well reach that level.
Seguin, like Yzerman, was your prototypical centre. He is a great two-way players with blistering speed and a passing ability like no other.
Yzerman was one of the greatest captains in the NHL, and Seguin posseses the potential to be one too. His hard work and humbleness could see him wearing the 'C' for a team in no time.
Dedication and Character
Two huge reasons Seguin was one of the best prospects this year and really came out of no where to be ranked No 1. are his dedication and character.
Seguin's work ethic is among the best in this NHL Draft Class. A lot of players would have given up after scoring one goal in 17 games, but with some coaching changes and dedication to improvement, Seguin was able to overcome his slump.
The NHL combine is often criticized for not showing much about the prospects, but Seguin's attitude was very good, most scouts noted. Both the way he carried himself and his determination were great for such a young player. He had an attitude of "I don't care where I go—I just want to play and work hard to help my team."
Most liked Seguin's attitude more than Halls.