Big days ahead for draft prospects
March, 31, 2010
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN.com
There has been so much talk about the top two prospects in the upcoming NHL draft -- Windsor LW Taylor Hall and Plymouth C Tyler Seguin. All season long, we've wondered who'll be taken with the top pick.
Well, we won't know that until June 25, when the NHL draft opens in Los Angeles, but scouts that are still trying to separate the two talented teenagers will have an excellent opportunity over the next several days. As fate would have it, Windsor and Plymouth will meet in the second round of the OHL playoffs. The series will open tomorrow (Thursday) in Windsor. The Spitfires and Whalers will alternate home dates throughout the seven-game series.
If you live in the Detroit/Windsor area and you're a fan of both junior and college hockey, you'll have some tough choices to make next week. On Thursday, April 8, barring a sweep, Windsor will host Plymouth in Game 5 of their series. On the same day, at Ford Field, the NCAA national semifinals will take place. The NCAA games will be televised on ESPN2.
On Saturday, if the Spitfires and Whalers go to a sixth game, it will be played in the same time window as the Frozen Four final game. Ah yes, these are the decisions we must make. For the record, if the two OHL teams need a Game 7 (wouldn't that be something?), it's scheduled for Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Windsor.
Oh yeah, one other thing, NHL Central Scouting's No. 3 prospect, Windsor D Cam Fowler, also will play in that second-round OHL playoff matchup between the Spitfires and Whalers. I hope there's enough seats for all the scouts that will want to keep a close eye on the big three prospects.