The NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s preliminary rankings were released today, and something interesting happened on their Ontario Hockey League list.

Taylor Hall was ranked number two, behind Plymouth Whalers forward Tyler Seguin.

This isn’t like last year, where a second straight decline in points made John Tavares’ standing as the consensus number one pick open to question. Hall has been very good this season; well ahead of last year’s clip with 21 goals, 45 points and a plus-20 rating through 25 games with Windsor.

No, this is a case of a very good prospect (Seguin was over the point-per-game mark last year and was already highly regarded) taking the next step and blowing people away. Through 18 games with a middling Plymouth squad, Seguin has 19 goals and 36 points, an incredible level of production. If he keeps it up, it’s highly likely that he’ll go first overall at this summer’s Entry Draft.

For interests sake, here’s how the scoring of these two players compares with other high OHL picks (and Sidney Crosby) since the lockout. I’ve pro-rated everyone to an 82-game schedule.

  • Sidney Crosby: 87G – 135A – 222PTS
  • Patrick Kane: 88G – 117A – 205PTS
  • Sam Gagner: 54G – 128A – 182PTS
  • Tyler Seguin: 87G – 77A – 164PTS
  • Taylor Hall: 69G – 79A – 148PTS
  • Steven Stamkos: 78G – 63A – 141PTS
  • Bryan Little: 54G – 86A – 140PTS
  • Bobby Ryan: 49G – 69A – 118PTS
  • Joshua Bailey: 35G – 82A – 117PTS
  • Chris Stewart: 49G – 66A – 115PTS
  • Cody Hodgson: 48G – 54A – 102PTS
  • Mikkel Boedker: 38G – 58A – 96PTS
  • Jordan Staal: 34G – 48A – 82PTS
  • Benoit Pouliot: 35G – 44A – 79PTS

It’s worth noting that Kane and Gagner both played for the same team in their draft year; it’s likely their totals are inflated not only by that but also by London’s tendency to give its stars an incredible amount of power play time.

In any case, both of these players are scoring at an incredible rate, and either could be a number one pick in this (or almost any other) draft. In other words, the team with the second overall pick is also going to get a very special player.