Bruins Tyler Seguin & the Oilers Taylor Hall: Midseason Report

Joe GillCorrespondent IIJanuary 31, 2011

Seguin will have opportunities to shine down the stretch.
Seguin will have opportunities to shine down the stretch.Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The All-Star break is upon us, so let’s check on the Tyler-Taylor Tally at the NHL’s midpoint of the season. 

When we last checked in on the top two picks of the 2010 entry draft, both Seguin and Hall had seven points in 16 games.

Let’s see where they stand fresh off their first 50 games and an appearance at the NHL All-Star game.

Taylor Hall has pulled ahead of Tyler Seguin in the rookie scoring race but they both trail the Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner (40 points) overall.

Hall has 31 points (16 goals and 15 assists) in 49 games with a minus-10 rating. Seguin's production has tailed off a bit with just 16 points (seven goals and nine assists) with a plus-1 rating in 48 games.

However, as mentioned in our previous installment of “The Tyler-Taylor Tally”, Seguin does not have to be the man right now. The Bruins are loaded with talent and are sitting atop of the Northeast Division and are third in the Eastern Conference.

With the recent loss of Marc Savard to a second concussion, Seguin will move back to his natural position of center. Seguin is now being relied upon for more offensive production. He will have to step up in the last half of the season to make up for the loss of one of the Bruins’ top center man.

Opportunity is knocking for the young Seguin. Let’s see if he answers the door.

Taylor Hall is still being viewed as the savior for a very young Edmonton Oilers team. After only seven points in his first 16 games, Hall has found his scoring touch by registering 24 points in his last 33 contests. Unfortunately, the Oilers are still struggling as they sit in the cellar of the Northwest Division.

If Hall keeps at his current pace, he should tally between 50-55 points this season. By all standards, Taylor Hall will have a good rookie campaign. However, his Oilers will probably miss the playoffs and are few years away from being a true contender.

Some may say that Seguin’s start has been disappointing for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, but you need to judge the young Bruin’s whole body of work before you can pass the judgment. The last 30 games of the season and following playoffs will tell you more about Tyler Seguin progression than his first 50 games.

Looks like Skinner is taking most of the pressure off both Tyler and Taylor because he is probably going to be the star young gun of the 2010-2011 season. Having the spotlight on someone else is probably the best thing for Hall and Seguin’s development.

They can concentrate on perfecting the little things and the rest will fall right into place.

Stay tuned for The Tyler-Taylor Tally: Rookie Report Card.