Earlier this month I changed my vote to Taylor Hall in the ongoing debate over this year’s number one.
However, it’s also important to remember that fan voting doesn’t count for a hill of beans. The actual votes that count belong to Daryl Katz, Steve Tambellini, Kevin Lowe.
And most importantly, Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor.
The Oilers have talked at great length recently about the long term, usually in the form of a previous example of success. The Chicago Model, the Los Angeles example, and on it goes. My take is that the Oilers aren’t so much interested in the best available player for next year, but rather the best overall player when all is said and done. I’ll be 70 years old when the final results are tallied, so this is a long ranger in terms of forecast.
An interesting article in the Windsor Star quotes CS’s director of scouting (Mark Seidel) and he has some excellent points. I won’t quote the entire article (click through if you have the time), but here are some pertinent items:
- Seguin’s played fewer games at the OHL level and posted the same point totals with lesser players.
- Hall’s tremendous speed/strength advantage in junior hockey will not be as big an item once he arrives in the NHL.
We know all of these things intuitively, but it is hard to think about them when you see Taylor Hall looking like Hockey Jesus every second night at the Memorial Cup.
I’m a fan. I’m allowed to change my vote and be wrong. MBS has to get it right, but the one thing he can probably count on is that in this situation there probably isn’t a wrong answer.