Wednesday, December 8, 2010
It would seem that last year's first overall pick in the NHL draft Taylor Hall is adjusting quite quickly to the NHL game. The youngster has started to catch fire and is playing some great hockey. For a kid who was a trade and a ping pong ball away from playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he is making great strides in Edmonton. Toronto traded two first round picks for Phil Kessel (on pace for 48 points), and one of those picks very nearly became Taylor Hall. I'm certain that if Burke offered Edmonton Kessel for Hall straight up, he'd get laughed at; emphasizing the value of high first round picks. Toronto is having another bad season, and they still don't have a first pick this year. I don't think Leaf fans were imagining 2 top 5 picks when they acquired Kessel.