The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was packed with players whose names resonate loudly to fans in 2018 – Vladimir Tarasenko, Cam Fowler, Erik Gudbranson, Jeff Skinner and Ryan Johansen among them. But then as now, first and second overall picks Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin were first among equals. And the debate about who’s really Number One continues.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com devoted his lead for this week’s Over the Boards post to revisiting the Taylor-vs.-Tyler debate of eight years ago. How does he think that draft would play out today?
It’s a terrific question considering Hall and Seguin, each 26, are having excellent seasons. Hall is rapidly becoming one of the favorites to win the Hart Trophy. Each has at least 30 goals (Hall has 30, Seguin has 36). They’re each in the top 25 in NHL scoring. They are dominant, elite players.
But I have to take Seguin because he’s the center. I’m always going to favor the center when talking about elite players because their responsibilities are always greater than those of a wing. Hall is fantastic. He’s the biggest reason the New Jersey Devils are in position to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. But Seguin is a No. 1 center on a team that is likely heading to the playoffs. His impact on the Dallas Stars is huge.…
Hall has a great case for NHL MVP this season, but if there was a redraft for the 2010 draft, I’d pick Seguin at No. 1.
Rosen has more from the mailbag, including some Masterton and Vezina Trophy buzz and discussion of the Nashville Predators’ knack for multi-goal comebacks. [NHL]
Mike Heika discusses league parity and how the lessons of recent playoffs history might apply to the Stars.
The NHL's recent playoff history is telling you not to overanalyze the Dallas Stars' finish to the season. #GoStars | @MikeHeika https://t.co/oJMGjtXbW4— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) March 8, 2018
Stars digital correspondent Scott Burnside devotes the latest edition of On the Fly to
America’s Dallas’ favorite fighting Frenchman, Antoine Roussel.
"Spezza got me into collecting sticks of guys around the league. But for me, it's kind of hard to ask guys around the league for their stick because, usually, they don't like me." https://t.co/G4K3LrzHz2— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 7, 2018
And former Stars broadcaster Ralph Strangis invites you – yeah, you – to his Reunion Night on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks:
I know th phone number used to be 214 GO STARS - but probably the internet works too for you to buy tickets and come say hi to me Friday night when I’m at the @DallasStars game to drop the puck and wander around and what have you.— Ralph Strangis (@RalphStrangis) March 8, 2018
Friday is also Pevs Protects Night in the AAC to raise awareness for heart-health causes. Rich Peverley requests your presence in Victory Plaza for a little pregame street hockey.
Really excited for Pevs Protects @DallasStars this coming Friday. To donate please visit https://t.co/aiuX2VBdyq.— Rich Peverley (@RichPeverley) March 7, 2018
Around the League(s)
It was a rare night of complete quiet in the Central Division, but now it’s a whole new
- Winnipeg Jets at New Jersey Devils, 6 p.m. CST
- Colorado Avalanche at Columbus Blue Jackets, 6 p.m. CST
- Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m. CST
- Chicago Blackhawks vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m. CST
- St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks, 9:30 p.m. CST
Do you know who did play last night? This guy. Former Star Jussi Jokinen scored his first goal for the Vancouver Canucks as they lost to the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.
Jussi Jokinen talks about his first goal in a #Canucks uniform and the team's performance against the Coyotes. pic.twitter.com/MK07auMo3m— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) March 8, 2018
And Jamie Oleksiak scored as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers and captured first place in the Metropolitan Division. [Pensburgh]
Jamie Oleksiak has scored three goals with the Penguins.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 8, 2018
Jamie Oleksiak has scored two goals against the Flyers as a member of the Penguins.
We like his style. pic.twitter.com/14sfwHpQZ6
Sidney Crosby had a three-point night and hit a new milestone: 1,100 career points.
VIDEO: SidneyCrosby hits 1,100-point mark by assisting on pair of Conor Sheary goals. https://t.co/Z5znCgUMYK pic.twitter.com/4X4ygp8vBR— theScore (@theScore) March 8, 2018
The Canucks have lost potential Calder Trophy candidate Brock Boeser for the season due to a back injury. Does this mean it’s time for a rule change? Darren Brown makes a case for going back to going over the boards.
The NHL needs a rule change right now https://t.co/E13FRWw0ND— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) March 6, 2018
Gord Downie may be gone, but his spirit lives on in the hockey community. Travis Hamonic has launched The Northern Project for Indigenous children, inspired by the Tragically Hip’s late, great frontman.
Inspired by the legendary Gord Downie, Travis Hamonic launched The Northern Project, which provides Indigenous children from Canada's northern communities the opportunity to attend an @NHLFlames game.@SNChrisSimpson has more:https://t.co/EbNdz8WVHg— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 8, 2018
Hamonic’s team, the Calgary Flames, is fighting to stay in the Pacific Division playoffs race. They got two much-needed points with last night’s 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Flames Manhandle Sabres in Much Needed Victory #CGYvsBUF https://t.co/DFOkFSX1Qq— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 8, 2018
From Brian Gionta to Zach Parise, Ryan Kennedy counts down the 10 least-likely names that appeared on actual AHL jerseys this season.
Jersey fun: @THNRyanKennedy counts down the top 10 names he didn't expect to see on AHL sweaters this season https://t.co/07zHkjEyc9— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 8, 2018
Also at THN: Steve Ott as the next assistant to become a head coach? There are a couple of surprises among the mostly predictable answers to the 2017-18 NHL Players’ Association poll. Find out where Jason Spezza figures in! [THN]
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Last night, the Texas Stars scored three goals in the second period, paced by a three-point performance from Colin Markison. They took back fourth place in the Pacific Division with a 4-2 win over the Iowa Wild at home. [100 Degree Hockey]
Justin Dowling scored a goal and spoke to the media after the game.
Justin Dowling discusses his goal tonight against the Iowa Wild. pic.twitter.com/JJnB8DQty5— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) March 8, 2018
And here’s Austin Fyten, netting a shorty that turned out to be the game-winner.
Here's a look at the Stars' short handed goal!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) March 8, 2018
: Austin Fyten
: Colin Markison#IAvsTEX #txstars pic.twitter.com/3jLsCyoqj9
If you’re in Metro Austin for spring break, you have a chance to check out Dallas Stars hockey camp in H-E-B Center. The $120 registration fee includes two free tickets to a T-Stars home game.
Austin people’s... sign up for some hockey and let’s go to a @TexasStars game!! pic.twitter.com/KWDi65J2eG— Brad Lukowich (@Luko37) March 8, 2018
Jamie Benn on Retro Night wearing an all-time classic sweater has become your AT&T Photo of the Month. This is what you want, this is what you get. Enjoy.
The Captain in a classic. Jamie Benn wearing our jerseys from Retro Night is our @ATT Photo of the Month! #GoStars pic.twitter.com/d6ccTVNUIH— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 7, 2018