Re: Oilers media wants Seguin
posted at 5/28/2010 1:53 AM EDT
While the media isn't the team, certain teams make decisions based on what they think the fans want (cough Montreal cough). That being said, it's a terrible way to run a professional sports team. It may sell tickets for a short while, but unless it's the solution to a competitive, winning team then it will only be a fading fad, a stop gap until the next "solution".
Edmonton knows what it needs, and knows what it wants.
Edmonton wants Hall because of his dynamic, in your face style of play and set of skills. They love his winning pedigree and his game in clutch situations.
Edmonton needs Seguin because of his ability to play center, something Hall is believed to be able to do, but it's not his natural position. Seguin is a natural center who can be a great playmaker and a just as capable goal scorer.
I think the Stamkos comparisons are the most accurate, and the most enticing. If the decision came down to Parise vs Stamkos (Hall's comparison to Seguin's), I'd rather have Stamkos. Parise is a great goal scorer with dynamic skating, but he's not the leader in New Jersey. Stamkos will be the leader in Tampa Bay for years to come. It's not Lecavalier's team anymore, but it's not quite Stamkos' either.
I think Steve Tambellini is a more competent GM, meaning they'll take Seguin. He knows we want Hall, and he knows Hall wants to come here more than he wants Edmonton (at least it's how it seems in regard to public knowledge). He only gave us the option of trading up because he wanted to fleece us of some future picks or good prospects because he's doing his due dilligence as a GM, too bad Chiarelli knows better.
This draft is so even at the top two that it honestly doesn't matter who we take, we're going to be quite happy about the decision in 2-3 years, maybe after the 1st year (if we're lucky).