The co-faves to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft on June 25 in Los Angeles (some have snarked that being taken No. 2 by Boston might be more favourable) are finalists for the Red Tilson Trophy as OHL player of the year, along with Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri, who plays for London.
This boils down to how the voters put each player's 106-point season (yes, they tried for the scoring title) into context.
Hall did his damage in 57 games with an offensively loaded Windsor club which finished first in the Western Conference. He had a hand in 32.4 per cent of the Spitfires' goals (shootout winners might get counted in the goals-for column in the standings, but not here). That percentage would probably be in the 36-37 per cent range if not for the time he missed due to world junior team commitments.
Seguin, playing in 63 games, scored or assisted on 43.6 per cent of the Plymouth Whalers' tallies. One might argue the Whalers, who finished fourth in the conference, 27 points adrift of the Spitfires, got a lot more from his offence than Windsor got from Hall's.
Of course, there are two ends to the rink, and Hall has better reputation as a two-way player. Ultimately, his argument is pretty airtight -- best player on the better team -- and his extra season in the league also gives him more of a familiarity with the voters.
The winner will be announced at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday afternoon.
- Taylor Hall
- Tyler Seguin
- Nazem Kadri
- Red Tilson Trophy