Rumor has it that, leading up to the 2010 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins tried very hard to package their 2nd overall pick in the draft for the 1st overall pick possessed by the Edmonton Oilers, so that they could draft Taylor Hall instead of Tyler Seguin. At the time, the Bruins had a log-jam of elite center-men, with Marc Savard, David Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron all on the roster, and they wanted to draft the winger, Hall, rather than another center in Seguin. But the Oilers refused, and went on to draft Taylor Hall with the 1st overall pick, leaving the Bruins to settle for Tyler Seguin at #2. But the sad thing is for the Oilers, I believe they could have acquired a helpful package from the Bruins while also still drafting the better player. That’s right, I’m saying Tyler Seguin should have been drafted ahead of Taylor Hall, although I can certainly understand making the wrong decision.
First, let me say that Hall vs. Seguin truly represents one of hockey’s impossible choices, the elite play-making center or the elite goal scoring power forward winger. However, when I watch Taylor Hall play, I see a blatant weakness, something I don’t see in Seguin’s game. Hall is extremely fast, strong, and he possesses a good shot, but I see many potential scoring chances wasted off his stick because he cannot maintain control of the puck through whatever maneuver he is attempting on a given play. Two skills that in many ways go hand-in-hand, balance and stick-handling, are where Taylor Hall falls short.
These aren’t obvious weaknesses, but the trained eye will notice them. For a good example of what Hall lacks, just look to his teammate, Jordan Eberle, who excels at those two skills like few others do. CONTINUE READING FULL POST