With the 2010 NHL Entry Draft just around the corner, it should be prime time for pundits to run-up the Taylor Hall/Tyler Seguin debate. While the choice for the first overall pick for Edmonton seems all but obvious at this point (it’s Taylor), it’s a player agent that’s causing the most controversy around the final destination for super prospect Tayor Hall.
Hall’s agent, who just happens to Bobby Orr, was quoted on a Bruins blog as saying: “I would obviously love to see him here in Boston…” (tap of sticks to the Cult of Hockey on the find). Orr himself understands that it’s doubtful the Edmonton Oilers will pass on Hall. Regardless, it’s still a less than professional gesture from someone that’s supposed to look out for his client’s best interest over his own.
“Hall probably is the best player. Hall is the best player. Although I do represent him, I can guarantee he’s a hell of a player. I don’t know if I’ve seen a kid compete like this kid competes – every night, every shift. To him, it doesn’t matter the score, he competes. He’s a heck of a player and I would obviously love to see him here in Boston, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”
The Oilers have had their share of difficulty attracting top-tier free agents over the past few seasons, but it’s important not to take Orr’s comments too far out of context; he is and always will be associated with the Bruins. Hall’s camp has made no mention of a lack of desire to go to Edmonton, so Orr’s remarks at this point seem little more than a homerish slip. If the tampering conspiracy theorists elect to blow this up, then things could get messy for Orr and perhaps the Bruins. In all likelihood Orr’s comments will have no impact on the Oilers’ decision with the first overall pick, but it’s still ill-timed on Orr’s part.