Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall: Both Canadians Will Be Good for the League

April 25th, 2010 by Joe Mikolai Leave a reply »
When the Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lottery for the draft to be held June 25-26 in Los Angeles, one thing became certain.

For the first time since 1996, a Canadian team will be picking first in the draft. Also, more importantly, in finishing with a league-worst 62 points, the system worked, as the worst team really did earn the top pick and the right to draft what is believed to be the best player. If only every sport worked this way (NBA).

Not only were the Edmonton Oilers bad, but at 62 points they finished comfortably 12 points behind their next closest "competition", that being fellow Canadian franchise the Toronto Maple Leafs.

What is in the water in Canada? You've got three good teams (Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal) and three bad teams: (Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary) and Calgary isn't really that bad, having just missed the playoffs, meanwhile Montreal not really that good, having just made it.

You've also got three perceived "big" market teams in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, and three small ones in Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa which bears little connection as to being competative or not, just wanted to point out anothe ...

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