This is the first in a series of Canes Country votes of how the first 10 picks of the 2010 NHL Draft will unfold. We all have our own ideas of how things will play out and who will be available when the Canes select #7. I thought a fun way to decide things would be to take a consensus of the people here at Canes Country. What I will do is offer a few reasonable draft choices for each team. After a day or so, I will award who the "people" have selected and go down the list from #1 to #10.
2010 Canes Country NHL Draft
1. Edmonton - On the Clock
5. New York Islanders
6. Tampa Bay
10. New York Rangers
We'll start off with the Edmonton, the #1 pick. Edmonton has a lot of holes to fill and really could use just about any position on the ice. They have had problems attracting a top level player to come their way, so drafting one seems to be their best bet. The choices are pretty obvious; Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, but could they throw a surprise in there? They are years away from competing for the Stanley Cup and it would certainly take more than one player to get back to the promise land.
Taylor Hall - Hall is probably the best offensive player in the draft. He's has decent size, quickness, and could put the puck in the net. He's also been good for a longer time than his counterpart Seguin. He has put up over 80 points for the last three years in the OHL and is probably the safer bet to become a true elite player. Putting him on a line with Eberle and Hemsky would make for a dynamic 1st line. Eberle's all-around game, Hemsky's superb playmaking abilities, and Hall's scoring; that a recipe for a top-notch 1st line. He's also somewhat homegrown, being born in Alberta.
Tyler Seguin - Seguin is what I consider the best all-around player in the draft. He was the primary focus of his OHL team and still put up all-world numbers. He can score, pass, skate, and is defensively responsible. If Edmonton selects Seguin, they would have two very good centers (Seguin and Eberle) to build around. A line of Penner-Seguin-Hemsky would be quite good and dangerous. And both Seguin and Eberle could be switched to a wing position, so you could potential have them on the same line together.
Trade the #1 Pick to Boston - Edmonton could also trade the 1st overall pick. Since they are in a true rebuild, they need as many young players/picks as possible. One thing they could do is to trade the first pick to Boston. IMO, Boston really wants Hall, but would take Seguin. I don't think Boston would part with their other 1st round pick to move up 1 spot, but would probably trade away their 2nd from Toronto. Edmonton could then select Seguin with the 2nd overall pick and have the first two picks of the second round. The more picks for them, the better, the quicker a rebuild is done.
Other - If you think they should do something else, please elaborate.