Hall should be Oilers' choice
The Windsor Spitfires are heading off to the 2010 Memorial Cup in Brandon, which provides us a good reason to re-examine the issue of the projected first-overall pick of the last mock draft, Windsor's LW Taylor Hall.
I talked to several NHL executives and scouts who had ventured to Windsor during the playoffs while they were putting together their final work-ups in advance of upcoming team-scouting meetings. Some of them will make short trips to Brandon for the Memorial Cup -- but the tournament doesn't figure to be much of a scouting bonanza. With St John making it out of the Quebec League playoffs through to Brandon, the scouts can get an eyeful of D Brandon Gormley, a top 10 pick, and maybe a couple of others a little more off the radar.
Still, most of the players in the Memorial Cup are 19-year-olds who've already hit their draft year -- since the NHL went to a 18-year-old draft, there's only been an occasional compelling draft interest (e.g. Sidney Crosby at the 2005 tournament with Rimouski, Mario Lemieux in 1984 with Laval).
There's detailed analysis on Hall vs. Seguin on the other side of the pay wall. So if you're a Bruins fan and want to know about both of them -- you'll get one of them at No. 2 unless you trade the pick, likely -- you should grab Insider and grab this.