No one expects Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin to save the world (well, not most of us, at least), but as the NHL draft draws nearer and the debate reaches white hot levels, one has to start thinking: What will they do in Boston?
The general assumption is that both Hall and Seguin are NHL-ready prospects and will make the Bruins out of training camp.
So what then?
Hall and Seguin won’t be the first top two overall picks to go from the draft-day podium to opening night ice.
Since 2003, the second overall picks who made an immediate impact on their team includes the likes of Eric Staal, Evgeni Malkin, Bobby Ryan, Jordan Staal and Drew Doughty.
That kind of trend bodes well for the Bruins.
Both Seguin and Hall led the OHL in scoring with 106 points. Hall scored 40 goals compared to Seguin's 48, meaning the two are capable of filling in the B’s number one need: lighting the lamp.
At the very least, they will be expected to fill the void left by Phil Kessel.
A John Taveres or Matt Duchene-type stat line would serve as a good benchmark. Tavares was taken first overall by the New York Islanders in last year’s draft, and Duchene was taken third by the Colorado Avalanche, and both broke the 20-goal mark (with 24 each) and the 30-assist mark (Duchene with 31 and Taveres with 30). Their 55 and 54 points already put them ahead of last year's Bruins points leader Patrice Bergeron, who had 52 (only 19 of which were goals).
Whoever lands in Boston as the No. 2 pick won’t have to deal with the burden of being the team savior like the other likely will be in Edmonton. Though the Bruins were last in the league in scoring and didn't look like a playoff team for stretches, they made a decent run in the playoffs before their epic collapse, an epic collapse that could have been averted by a timely goal from a forward with some finish, a quality that both prospects have in spades.
So what do you expect from them? Are you OK with either one of them just doing their part and scoring a promising 20-plus goals, or is their debut a failure if they don't pot 50 and lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup?
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