#2. Tyler Seguin | C | Plymouth (OHL)
Date of Birth: January 31st, 1992 Height: 6.01 Weight: 186lbs. Shoots: R Season Statistics: Regular Season | 63GP 48G 58A 106P 54PIM Playoffs | 9GP 5G 5A 10P 8PIM TSR Midterm Rank: 2 | Position Rank: 2nd Forwards League Rank: 2nd OHL | Country Rank: 2nd Canada
When Tyler Seguin was drafted ninth overall by the Plymouth Whalers in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, everyone knew that he was a player that had a little bit extra, but to this magnitude, questionable. Seguin surpassed goals set in his rookie season with the Whalers scoring 68-points in 61-games finishing third in the rookie scoring race, only behind Evgeny Grachev and John Carlson, both of which were two years older. Moving into his draft year, Seguin was mentally and physically stronger, and dealt with the added pressure. With his strong 2009-10 campaign the media caught hold of the talented duo, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin; Tyler vs. Taylor. It just so happens that the projected top two picks tied in points this year with 106. Seguin finished the season with an impressive 48-goals, more than doubling his rookie campaign output.
Not to add hype to the circus that is Tyler vs. Taylor, it is realistic to believe that Seguin could find himself playing for either the Edmonton Oilers, or the Boston Bruins next season. Seguin is a player that a franchise can really build a team around. Potentially having the highest hockey IQ of any draft eligible player this season, and it shows constantly on the ice. He is able to dominate the game by forcing opposing teams to play at the speed he sets. In combination with his hockey IQ Seguin is just as talented with regards to finishing the play, as he is starting the play. His overall offensive ability is magnificent, which is the main reason he is a concrete top two pick come this weekend. Seguin’s hockey IQ really allows him to excel in all three zones of the ice. He is not only a player who can put goals up on the score sheet, but can prevent them as well. The speed that he possesses is a real asset when speaking of his two-way abilities. He is able to rush the puck up the ice, while be the first forward back on the back check All of Seguin’s traits lead to him being a natural centerman; two-way hockey, natural hockey intelligence, and is always a weapon with the puck.
To refrain from only mentioning Seguin’s on ice abilities, his off ice qualities really set him apart from other candidates in the draft. His determination, competitiveness, and drive make him dangerous, not only every night, but every shift. He is also a player who does not crack under pressure, nor that gets down on himself when something doesn’t go smoothly. When the hype of “Tyler vs. Taylor” was full fledged, Seguin wasn’t phased by the increase of public attention. He continued to play his game, while doing what he does best, putting up points. Again, being cut from Canada’s 2010 World Junior Championship team did not phase the young star. Like a player with a good head should, he used it as motivation, and is a sure lock for the team next season if by chance he is back in the OHL, or released for the duration of the tournament.
In conclusion, Seguin is a player that is only going to continue to improve. Continuing to push himself to be stronger, faster and overall a better hockey player is going to ensure that he becomes a star in the NHL. Regardless of whether he is selected number-1 or number-2, Tyler Seguin is only going to make the franchise stronger.
Pros: Speed, Hockey IQ, Determination
Cons: Continue to develop his defensive game
Skillset Comparison: More talented Paul Stastny