By Joe Haggerty
With the NHL draft less than a month away, all the top prospects were whisked out to Philadelphia for a whirlwind Stanley Cup finals trip amid a busy weekend. Taylor Hall was headed to Boston for a Saturday visit with B’s GM Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the Boston front office, but both Hall and fellow uber-prospect Tyler Seguin both answered questions about playing in Boston amid other ins and outs.
While many of the questions posed toward the two consensus top picks in the draft were about taking in the Stanley Cup Finals and taking batting practice in Los Angeles next month during draft weekend, Hall said he will be doing some physical testing in Boston after opting out of the combine due to back and knee problems.
“I leave for Boston [Saturday]. It's going to be the first time there,” said Hall on Friday night to reporters. “I meet with Peter Chiarelli and all their staff and do a little fitness test and show them what kind of person I am.”
“You look at it both ways. Edmonton and Boston. Boston is a team that's already there. They have a lot of good players on their team, probably an older team. That's a team that's going to contend for the playoffs every year. That's an exciting opportunity for myself. You look at a really good situation each way."
Seguin was also asked about potentially playing for either the Oilers or the Bruins, and predictably he wasn’t picking one over the other. The incredibly polished Seguin knows the future is bright for him in the NHL whether it’s Edmonton or Boston.
“Just even thinking here now, I don't think I can say there's one bad organization in the National Hockey League,” said Seguin to reporters. “There are so many positives to both sides. Boston -- you guys can pick it apart. Boston is a great town. They're a great team. Edmonton is a great organization.
“[It] would be a great atmosphere to play in. I think it's a win-win whether it's one of those two teams -- or a team like Florida, Carolina, whoever it may be. My goal has been to make the NHL and win a Stanley Cup one day. That's what I'm feeling.”
Will it be Tyler or Taylor in a Spoked B sweater? Will the Bruins trade up for the top pick after discussing that option with Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini last week? Could Vladimir Sobotka or a highly thought of prospect like Zach Hamill be part of a package headed back to center-starved Edmtonton in exchange for that No. 1 overall pick?
The Bruins – and both bright young hockey constellations -- will have their answers in less than a month’s time.
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