TSN’s show “That’s Hockey” is currently running a daily March Madness-esque poll to determine the best young talents in the NHL. Of the players up in the first round, Sidney Crosby, Alex Pietrangelo, Jordan Eberle, Jonathan Toews, Claude Giroux and Erik Karlsson have moved on past the initial votes and into the Elite Eight round.
Now the rivalry between Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin that was all the talk of the 2010 draft has been renewed because they are the next matchup.
Since starting out in the NHL in 2010-11, Hall has had two seasons of playing a little over 60 games each, and improved from 42 points in his rookie year, including a hat trick, to 53 points in his sophomore season, including another hat trick. He’s also dealt with shoulder injuries, concussions and a freak accident with a skate blade that gave him a pronounced forehead scar.
Seguin, like Hall, also has two years of NHL experience under his belt. His rookie year saw him play 74 games and score 22 points in the regular season. He broke out in the Eastern Conference Final after being scratched for the first two rounds of the playoffs, won the Stanley Cup and improved to 67 points this most recent season, including his first career hat trick. Plus, his +34 rating was second only to linemate Patrice Bergeron in terms of plus-minus–for the entire league. Though he hasn’t dealt with much in the way of injury, he did learn the consequences of oversleeping.
Both are promising young talents who have already proven their worth and will probably continue to do so, but as of this writing, Hall is beating Seguin by a margin of about 68 to 32–and it seems like it should be the other way around.
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