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Impact players of the second round

Typically, six second-rounders make a pro impact; here are candidates

Updated: June 27, 2010, 12:45 PM ET
By Gare Joyce | Special to ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesThe Habs' upset of the Caps may have altered thinking at this draft.

In broad strokes, the 2010 NHL entry draft was a deep one, with three high-end players atop it: Windsor's LW Taylor Hall (now of the Edmonton Oilers), Plymouth's C Tyler Seguin (now of the Boston Bruins) and Kingston D Eric Gudbranson (now of the Florida Panthers). Those guys went 1-2-3, and in general, the big names fell where we thought.

That's not necessarily the order in which they'll finish their careers, however. I'd say that Gudbranson has a 40 to 50 percent chance of being a more important player than Seguin. And Seguin probably has a slightly better chance of having a better career than Hall, as injuries are a concern given Hall's type of game.

After those three, there's an interesting mix.

Gare Joyce is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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