Oilers Strike Gold: Selecting Taylor Hall No.1 Overall in the NHL Draft

July 8th, 2010 by Thomas Conroy Leave a reply »

After winning the lottery for the No. 1 pick in this year’s NHL Draft, Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini’s mood went from rejoice to deep thought. He became firmly entrenched in the Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Sequin dilemma, as he had to choose between the two talented players.

What a tough decision, both are projected to become franchise players and their impact in hockey should be felt for many years down the line. In the end, Tambellini felt he came away with the best player (Hall) available in the draft.

The Oilers selection simply came down to the fact that Hall is more NHL-ready than Sequin at this time, and should make a solid contribution next season. His birthday falls on Nov. 14 and that ruled him ineligible for last year’s draft. This allowed Hall to play a third season at the major junior hockey level, and this greatly honed his skills that will allow him to make an immediate impact at the next level.

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