A Star On The Rise: Despite Being Cut ,Tyler Seguin Is the Real Deal

Steve McSween@dansallowsSenior Analyst IDecember 19, 2009

WINDSOR, ON - JANUARY 20:  Tyler Seguin #9 of Team Orr skates in the  Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game against Team Cherry on January 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Team Cherry defeated Team Orr 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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My initial reaction to hearing that 17-year-old Plymouth Whalers sniper Tyler Seguin had been released from Team Canada's World Junior squad was one of disbelief.

After all, he has been amongst the Ontario Hockey League's top three scorers all season long.

In 31 games so far this year, Seguin has scored 26 goals and added 26 assists.

It is little wonder that Central Scouting has had such a hard time deciding on who should go first overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Should it be Seguin, or Windsor Spitfires phenom Taylor Hall?

With Hall making the Canadian squad it may be all but decided who will indeed be the first pick come June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Or is it?

In 1990, the Quebec Nordiques selected Owen Nolan first overall, despite failing to make the cut for Canada at the World Junior Tournament earlier that year.

Sure, it may be rarer than a Snoop Dogg song without a curse word, but it does happen.

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And though this must be a tough pill for Tyler Seguin to swallow, he isn't in bad company when he considers some of the names of future NHL stars that didn't make it their first time around, either.

In 1993, Jason Arnott was released.

In 1996, Daniel Briere couldn't make the team, yet he has gone on to have a longer NHL career than every forward that wore the Canadian jersey that year; with the exceptions of Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow.

Then you see a player like Dan Cleary, who got released three times from 1996-1998, yet went on to be an important part of the Detroit Red Wings 2008 Stanley Cup victory.

Heck, you wanna talk bad choices for Hockey Canada, how about Sidney Crosby being left off the 2006 Olympic team, despite leading the NHL in points at the time.

The fact is, the pressure is now on Taylor Hall to perform, as anything less than great could sway the popular vote back to Tyler Seguin while he goes about his business racking up points in the OHL.

And though it is hard to critique a move like this until the tournament is over, in my mind keeping Tyler Seguin around was a no-brainer, even if he looked awestruck in camp.

There is no doubt Seguin will be wearing the Maple Leaf one day, who knows if his stock drops down it may even be in Toronto...err, I mean Boston.

But for now, he will have to take solace in the fact he is still one of the best (if not the best) draft-eligible player in the world today.

From which where I stand, ain't a bad position to be in at all.