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For a while, it was Taylor over Tyler. Then, it was Tyler over Taylor. Friday night, the Bruins finally landed one of the two studs, drafting center Tyler Seguin with the No. 2 pick in the NHL Draft. GM Peter Chiarelli wasted no time in taking Seguin at No. 2, rushing to the podium shortly after winger Taylor Hall was drafted first by the Edmonton Oilers.
Of course, the Bruins acquired the pick from Toronto last season in a deal that sent Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs. The B’s also received Toronto’s first and second round picks next year as well. Basically, the trade is starting to look pretty lopsided, though the Bruins could have used Kessel’s help this past season.
The team’s other first round pick (No. 15 overall), was traded to the Panthers in the Dennis Wideman-Nathan Horton trade earlier in the week. On draft night, the Panthers traded that pick to the Los Angeles Kings, who took defensman Derek Forbort.
Are you disappointed the Bruins got Seguin instead? Maybe you shouldn’t be. Despite the fact he’s a center and the team is heavy at that position, Seguin was rated higher by NHL Central Scouting, which is usually extremely good at identifying NHL-ready, special talent.