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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Revisiting the Taylor Hall-Tyler Seguin Draft Debate

Dan Rosen relitigates the 2010 No. 1 overall. Plus, Crosby’s 1,100th NHL point, and everyone’s favorite fighting Frenchman.

2010 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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 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]

More Stars

Mike Heika discusses league parity and how the lessons of recent playoffs history might apply to the Stars.

Stars digital correspondent Scott Burnside devotes the latest edition of On the Fly to America’s Dallas’ favorite fighting Frenchman, Antoine Roussel.

And former Stars broadcaster Ralph Strangis invites you – yeah, you – to his Reunion Night on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks:

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.

Around the League(s)

It was a rare night of complete quiet in the Central Division, but now it’s a whole new #Death day:

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.

And Jamie Oleksiak scored as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers and captured first place in the Metropolitan Division. [Pensburgh]

Sidney Crosby had a three-point night and hit a new milestone: 1,100 career points.

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.

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.

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.

From Brian Gionta to Zach Parise, Ryan Kennedy counts down the 10 least-likely names that appeared on actual AHL jerseys this season.

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.

And here’s Austin Fyten, netting a shorty that turned out to be the game-winner.

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.


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.