I am about 30 hours or so late but here are the 1st, 2nd & 3rd picks from the 2010 NHL entry draft held on Friday night held in Los Angeles. The Edmonton Oilers, who will be in the midst of rebuilding after a couple of terrible seasons and finishing last in the league standings this past season, selected Taylor Hall (in the middle) first overall. The announcement ended weeks of speculation as to who would the Oilers pick – Hall or Tyler Seguin. There seemed to be very little to choose between the two youngsters but Seguin was ranked higher that Hall.
The 18-year old Hall enjoyed a spectacular year, scoring 40 goals and adding 66 assists in 57 regular season games with the Spitfires. He was also a key component of Windsor’s back-to-back Memorial Cup titles as he was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year. He also found time in his busy schedule to help Canada capture the silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Boston Bruins gladly picked Seguin at # 2 (on the right wearing a Bruins jersey) a pretty solid consolation prize as they were able to select the Plymouth Whalers playmaker second overall after receiving the pick as part of a package from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Phil Kessel. After consumating a trade earlier in the night with the Vancouver Canucks that saw the Florida Panthers shift Keith Ballard to the West Coast, new Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon remained busy as he announced the selection of Kingston Frontenacs defenceman Erik Gudbranson (on the left) with the third overall pick. A behemoth on the blueline, Gudbranson is a stay at home defenceman who should be able to inject some size and strength into the Cats’ defence corps.