Shift at top won't affect Hall/Seguin race 

March, 17, 2010

Let me start with a few words about the top end of the 2010 NHL draft class. Earlier in the week, the International Scouting Services slid Plymouth Whalers C Tyler Seguin into the top spot on their prospect list ahead of Windsor Spitfires LW Taylor Hall. In January, NHL Central Scouting had the OHL's top scorers in reverse order on their list.

The ISS ranking prompted me to call a few veteran amateur scouts to see if they had any updated thinking on either player. The answer -- from both guys -- was simple:


Both scouts continue to feel the players are extremely close. They both agree that while one will be rated higher than the other on Central Scouting's final list, either guy could go first. It will depend -- they feel -- on which team owns the pick. They both believe it will be a matter of preference.

The scouting report remains the same from both puck watchers. Hall is the more dynamic one-on-one guy, while Seguin is a bit more the playmaker. Both prospects are viewed as strong skaters with similar wiry builds. Seguin is a right-shot center, while Hall is a left-shot winger. In that regard, one scout reminds me that Hall grew up playing the middle, but he was moved to wing in Windsor.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.