The team with the 2nd least amount of goals in the NHL just landed a potential franchise forward Tuesday night. The Boston Bruins landed the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft thanks to a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The highly criticized trade sent former 5th overall pick and young sniper Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2010 1st round pick, 2nd round pick and a 2011 1st round pick. This year, those will be the 2nd and 32nd overall picks respectively. The trade, which seemed like a loss, is now a win regardless of how these picks pan out, as any person would do this trade back in September knowing what they know now today.
The Bruins will have their choice of either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, depending on who the Edmonton Oilers take. Each one is a franchise type forward, someone that can be a top 10 forward in this league. Some scouts have said that last year’s 1st overall pick, John Tavares, would not be a top 2 pick this year. Having these two guys so close is beneficial to this team, as their is no clear cut number 1, so no matter who we get, it’s not like there is a huge drop off ala Kane and Van Riemsdyk.
Had the Bruins gotten 3rd overall, it would have been very bad. While Cam Fowler could be a Drew Doughty type player, he is not what this team needs and it’s not certain he goes 3rd overall anyways. Seguin or Hall is type of forward we need after trading Joe Thornton and Phil Kessel.
Taylor Hall would be the next great winger of this league, while Seguin could be the next Stevie Y.
It’s a good day to be a B’s fan, whether we get Taylor or Tyler, thank you Brian Burke.