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Kane versus Turris is a 2010 guide

Updated: June 18, 2010, 1:53 PM ET
By Gare Joyce

The Taylor Hall versus Tyler Seguin question -- namely, whom the Edmonton Oilers should take at No. 1 -- is still out there.

The NHL's Central Scouting Service (CSS) has weighed in with its opinion and found in favor of Seguin. I started wondering what predictive value CSS has in broad strokes and, in particular, with close calls on the highest-ranked players. To look at this, I'm going to use a sample from the 2005 through 2008 drafts; CSS changed management and personnel this past decade, so the lockout seemed like a fair place to start.

It's far too early to give an authoritative read on last year's draft, too: Do we know whether John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene or someone else is the best in the class after just one season? No, 2008 is the right place to end.

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