Several new faces crack the first round as pretenders fade and obscure talents explode down the stretch in the March edition of the DobberHockey 2010 monthly mock draft.
1. Edmonton Oilers- LW/C Taylor Hall (Windsor OHL)
The OHL scoring race is going to be a photo finish. Not long ago- nine days ago, to be precise- Tyler Seguin appeared to be running away with the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy. However, like it was during Steve Stamkos’ draft year, Taylor Hall simply took it as a challenge to be met. With eleven points in his last four games (2.75 PPG!) Hall briefly wrested the top spot back despite playing four fewer games than his opponent before a three-point night Friday by Seguin.
With the OHL regular season nearing its end the playoff picture in the Western Conference has been all but settled. Five points up on the Owen Sound Attack, the Guelph Storm have the… ahem… envious task of playing the first-place Windsor Spitfires in the first round.
If that holds true, look for Hall to continue his offensive domination into the post-season. In three games against the Storm this season, he has never scored fewer than four points, racking up a stunning thirteen in three games (3.25 PPG!)
2. Boston Bruins (via Toronto)- D Cam Fowler (Windsor OHL)
Toronto fans may be annoyed that they might have to watch the Bruins take an Ontario boy with their pick, what would truly grind Brian Burke’s gears is having to see Boston add a potential franchise American defender at his expense.
However, the only kink in that plan may be Fowler himself. After a quietly dominant World Juniors in which he added just two points but controlled the flow of the play around his net, the 6’2 rearguard has enjoyed little of the offensive success he had in the first half of the year. A lot of this has to do with Ryan Ellis’ return; while a boon to the Spits as a whole, Fowler is not longer the top option on the powerplay as the puck and action are dictated by his diminutive partner.
Inconsistent goaltending has been Windsor’s major downfall down the stretch; while the team is clocking in 5 GPG since February 1st, the team has lost their fair share of 6-3 and 8-5 games and is allowing 3.5 GA a night.
3. Carolina Hurricanes- C Tyler Seguin (Plymouth OHL)
Regardless of who the better player is, wouldn’t it simply just be fitting for the draft to begin like this? Hall’s charisma, charm (“I’d love to play for Edmonton”) is the perfect fit for a team that’s been burned by a litany of stars since the beginning of the 90s. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes end up with as close to a home-grown product as the organization could produce.
As mentioned, a big night yesterday propelled Seguin back into top place points-wise with 102. With four games left, Seguin has a legitimate chance at besting Steve Stamkos’ draft-year total of 105. He’s also just three back of the 50-goal mark, and barring anything incredible will likely be t