The debating is finally over. Taylor or Tyler, Tyler or Taylor has been put to rest after almost a year of everyone and their mother giving their two cents, the Edmonton Oilers selected Taylor Hall from the Windsor Spitfires as the number one pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Boston Bruins had to settle for Tyler Seguin from the Plymouth Whalers. Not too shabby I must say as both players are expected to be in NHL uniforms this coming season.
This draft marked the fourth season in a row that a player from the Ontario Hockey league was taken as the overall number one pick. Must say something for the development of the players coming outta there eh? After these two picks were taken, the mystery and surprises began. While I’m not breaking down every single pick to number 30, let’s just quickly recap the next two.
The Florida Panthers selected big defenceman Eric Gudbranson from Kingston. Most everyone thought that Cam Fowler was going in this spot, but Panther General manager Dale Tallon went for size, and physicality on this one, and I can’t say I blame him. I’m looking for Eric to be playing in Florida this season.
At number four the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Ryan Johansen from the Portland Winter Hawks. This kid could be one of the steals of the draft. A solid two way center, that has climbed up the scouting ranks all year long, might be the center that Columbus is looking for to play with Rick Nash. He’s 6′-3″ and shoots righthanded. Great potential with this one. At one point Johansen was ranked 150th!
It was a very special night for a lot of people. The Florida Panthers probably made the biggest news items of the night with their trading of defenceman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks. A four player deal with a first round draft pick going to the Panthers that has Canuckleheads in a real tizzy. Ballard as you know wacked teammate and goaltender Tomas Vokoun in the side of the head this past season after a goal went in, and in another incident that made You Tube highlights, batted a puck into the net himself in an attempt to cleat a shot. If nothing else in Florida, we know the difference between baseball and hockey. If you don’t you’ll be traded. Just when Luongo was feeling good about not having to see Big Buff anymore, or at least not more than once a year, Ballard and his baseball antics show up! Sorry Louie, it’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it!
Here’s a great recap of all the picks from yesterday by CBC’s Jeff Marek. I couldn’t have done a better job myself.
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