The Edmonton Oilers used their first pick in the NHL entry draft to select Taylor Hall, thus ending the speculation and fueling the excitement for the 2010-2011 NHL season.
Steve Tambellini didn’t move the pick like some thought he would, instead using the Friday night stage to make a bold proclamation about the direction his hockey club is heading in. The 18-year-old Hall led his Windsor Spitfires to two Memorial Cup championships in a row, winning consecutive Stafford Smythe Memorial trophies along the way.
“They’re (the Oilers) such a great franchise with so much history behind them,” said Hall. “With the five Cups they won, it will mean a lot to me to join their organization and hopefully bring another one up there.”
The Boston Bruins took Tyler Seguin with the second pick, as expected. The Plymouth Whalers forward is also 18-years-old and is also expected to be an impact player. He was considered the top-ranked North American player headed into the draft by NHL Central Scouting, but it didn’t seem to matter who went first to Seguin.
“I don’t think it matters who goes first overall,” he said. “I’m just excited to be here and to be going to Boston. I’m sure the rivalry will continue if we’re both in the NHL next year, but we both respect each other. We’re good buddies, and that isn’t going to change.”
Hall is actually the fourth OHL player to go first in the NHL entry draft, joining the likes of Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, and John Tavares.
Now Hall will join Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats in Edmonton to fuel the youth movement and the team’s transformation, but it’s still anybody’s guess if he’ll have the same impact as the other three selected OHLers.
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