Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin Faces Oilers' Taylor Hall in Rookies First Tilt

Joe GillCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2011

Seguin got the best of his first matchup with Hall.
Seguin got the best of his first matchup with Hall.Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

It wasn’t Crosby-Ovechkin.

It definitely wasn’t Lemieux-Gretzky.

Just give them time.

They are still kids.

On February 27th in Edmonton, the top two picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft squared off for the first time. The Bruins’ Tyler Seguin and Oilers’ Taylor Hall were the talk of the town prior to the tilt between two teams going in opposite directions.

The Bruins were streaking, winning four straight on the road and sitting on top of the Northeast division. The Oilers, on the other hand, were near the bottom of the NHL standings. Edmonton is building for the future with Hall and Seguin’s Bruins are prepping for a deep playoff run.

This was the first time these young guns have opposed each other as professionals. One was visibly frustrated, taking bad penalties and feeling the pressure. The other played with confidence and calm. He seemed comfortable in his role on the fourth line.

Taylor Hall played 19 minutes and 52 seconds. However, that was the only good stat on this night for the young winger. Hall took a bad roughing penalty after being frustrated by the Bruins defense. He was taken off his game and didn’t record a single point or shot.

Tyler Seguin’s ice time paled in comparison to Hall. Boston now has three solid lines thanks to a few personnel moves earlier in the road trip. Seguin posted just nine minutes and 32 seconds of ice time.

However, Seguin played liked he had something to prove. He took advantage of his limited opportunities by snapping two shots on net. Hall may be having the better season, but Seguin was better on this night.

The Bruins overpowered Hall and the young Oilers by controlling the play and out-shooting the home team, 40-17. Edmonton goalie, Devan Dubnyk kept his team in this lop-sided game, but the Bruins prevailed, 3-2 for their fifth straight win.

 It’s a shame that these two young stars will only face each other one or two times a year due to being in different conferences. But that’s what makes these matchups extra special.

Each game they face off against each will be a heated competition. Hall and Seguin will always try to prove who is the best of the 2010 NHL draft class. It has become personal between the top two picks.

And NHL fans will be lucky enough to witness hockey’s next great rivalry.