It’s a battle that has started early in this 2009-10 OHL season and could continue right through to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires has been on NHL teams’ radar screens for some time now, and had been tabbed the “next big thing” in the OHL once John Tavares moved on to the Island. However, Plymouth Whalers forward Tyler Seguin has turned heads for his scoring prowess early in the season, and it appears that we could be in for an interesting race to the scoring title.
TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie is one of the many NHL experts keeping an eye on the Taylor / Tyler rivalry. In a recent blog post, McKenzie reported that “the Taylor Hall versus Tyler Seguin argument is one we’re going to be interested in watching as we head towards the 2010 NHL entry draft.”
Through 10 games this season, Seguin leads the league in goals and total points, potting 14 goals and collecting 25 points. Meanwhile, Hall has played 11 games, but still trails with 10 goals and 12 assists (22 points).
Hall, though, leads where it matters most. While Seguin’s Whalers currently rank sixth in the Western Conference with a 6-4 record, Hall has led the high-powered Spitfires’ attack out to a West-leading 7-3-0-1 mark.
The two young phenoms, along with Windsor defenceman and fellow 2010 top prospect Cam Fowler, will clash for the first time this season on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s six-game Western semifinal. Needless to say, NHL scouts will certainly be paying attention.