Last year at the 2010 NHL entry draft, there was a debate, “Taylor or Tyler”? As we all know, the Edmonton Oilers ended up picking Taylor Hall over Tyler Seguin for the 1st overall pick.
Hall had a better rookie season last year, no doubt posting 22 goals, and 20 assists for 42 points in 65 games before injuring himself in a fight that put him out for the rest of the season.
Seguin definitely didn’t have the best rookie season, only posting 11 goals, and 11 assists for 22 points in 74 games. He did show signs of brilliance in the playoffs when he scored 3 goals, and added 3 assists for 6 points in his first 2 career playoff games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in games 1 and 2.
In the season opener yesterday against the Flyers, Seguin assisted on Boston’s only goal of the name when he fed a beautiful pass to Brad Marchand from his teams blue-line on the power play. Marchand finished off the play when he went to his backhand and slip the puck passed Ilya Bryzgalov’s pad. Seguin also created a few chances for himself. In the first period, he was able to get in the Flyers face-off zone before snapping a shot off the post. Overall, Seguin finished with 3 great shots on net and tons of great passes.
We will see Hall in action on Sunday (October 9th), when the Oilers take on the Penguins. Hall is expected to start the game on a line with this years 1st overall pick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at Center, along with Jordan Eberle who is expected to play on the wing. But that’s just what’s expected, pure speculation, we’ll see who Hall is playing with on Sunday.
Although we know Hall is on a team who is towards the end of their rebuilding mode, we don’t know how Seguin will play with a bigger role with the defending Stanley Cup champions. I do think Hall will still have a bigger break out year, but we won’t know the truth until the end of the regular season.
The focus might be more on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins this season for the Oilers, but Hall still has lots of pressure on him to be better than Seguin.
You decide: Will Hall or Seguin have a bigger break out year?
Who will be the bigger superstar out of the two?
Will either of them make the all-star team this year?
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