In partnership with Kubota Canada, the Canadian Hockey League is unveiling an 11-part series recounting past CHL/NHL Top Prospects Games, reminiscing about the most memorable moments and highlighting those players who went on to successful NHL careers. The Top Prospects Memories series also features the rebroadcast of showcase games from 2010-20 streaming here between September 10 and October 5.
Taylor versus Tyler.
That was the storyline ahead of the 2010 NHL Draft – Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires opposite Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers – who went neck-and-neck in the 2009-10 Ontario Hockey League campaign for the right to be selected first overall come draft day.
That dynamic was then elevated to centre stage at the 2010 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game with Seguin, as captain of Team Orr, going head-to-head against Hall as leader of Team Cherry before his home crowd in Windsor, Ontario.
Hitting the ice for the late January contest, the two sides played to a 1-1 score following two periods of exciting action that drew tallies from Nino Niederreiter of the Portland Winterhawks and Emerson Etem of the Medicine Hat Tigers. The offense then began to flow in the final period as Team Cherry rallied for a trio of goals including a second shorthanded marker, this time by Ryan Spooner of the Peterborough Petes, that drew an assist from Hall and brought the home crowd to its feet.
In the end, Team Cherry prevailed with a 4-2 victory with Hall’s key performance helping him earn Player of the Game honours for his side, while Jeff Skinner of the Kitchener Rangers scored the same recognition for the opposition following a two-point showing.
Hall, who ultimately wrapped up his draft-eligible season with a second-consecutive Memorial Cup championship following an impressive 106-point campaign – in which he tied Seguin for top spot in OHL scoring – went on to hear his name called first in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers before Seguin went second to the Boston Bruins. In all, the two were among 15 participants from the 2010 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be selected in the opening round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
2010 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Picks:
1. Taylor Hall (Windsor Spitfires) – Edmonton Oilers*
2. Tyler Seguin (Plymouth Whalers) – Boston Bruins*
4. Ryan Johansen (Portland Winterhawks) – Columbus Blue Jackets*
5. Nino Niederreiter (Portland Winterhawks) – New York Islanders*
7. Jeff Skinner (Kitchener Rangers) – Carolina Hurricanes*
8. Alexander Burmistrov (Barrie Colts) – Atlanta Thrashers*
10. Dylan McIlrath (Moose Jaw Warriors) – New York Rangers*
12. Cam Fowler (Windsor Spitfires) – Anaheim Ducks*
13. Brandon Gormley (Moncton Wildcats) – Phoenix Coyotes*
17. Joey Hishon (Owen Sound Attack) – Colorado Avalanche*
18. Austin Watson (Peterborough Petes) – Nashville Predators*
23. Mark Pysyk (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Buffalo Sabres*
25. Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Florida Panthers*
27. Mark Visentin (Niagara IceDogs) – Phoenix Coyotes*
29. Emerson Etem (Medicine Hat Tigers) – Anaheim Ducks*
33. John McFarland (Sudbury Wolves) – Florida Panthers*
36. Alexander Petrovic (Red Deer Rebels) – Florida Panthers*
42. Devante Smith-Pelly (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – Anaheim Ducks*
43. Brad Ross (Portland Winterhawks) – Toronto Maple Leafs
45. Ryan Spooner (Peterborough Petes) – Boston Bruins*
47. Tyler Toffoli (Ottawa 67’s) – Los Angeles Kings*
49. Calvin Pickard (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Colorado Avalanche*
55. Petr Straka (Rimouski Oceanic) – Columbus Blue Jackets*
61. Ryan Martindale (Ottawa 67’s) – Edmonton Oilers
63. Brock Beukeboom (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Tampa Bay Lightning
68. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Buffalo Sabres
70. Jordan Weal (Regina Pats) – Los Angeles Kings*
71. Michael Bournival (Shawinigan Cataractes) – Colorado Avalanche*
76. Jakub Culek (Rimouski Oceanic) – Ottawa Senators
81. Louis-Marc Aubry (Montreal Juniors) – Detroit Red Wings
83. Matt MacKenzie (Calgary Hitmen) – Buffalo Sabres
86. Stanislav Galiev (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Washington Capitals*
94. Brandon Archibald (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Columbus Blue Jackets
95. Stephen Silas (Belleville Bulls) – Colorado Avalanche
98. Steven Shipley (Owen Sound Attack) – Buffalo Sabres
100. Andrew Yogan (Erie Otters) – New York Rangers
124. Austin Madaisky (Kamloops Blazers) – Columbus Blue Jackets
137. Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) – Colorado Avalanche
138. Louis Domingue (Quebec Remparts) – Phoenix Coyotes*
174. Maxime Clermont (Gatineau Olympiques) – New Jersey Devils
Third overall pick Erik Gudbranson (Kingston Frontenacs) and sixth overall choice Brett Connolly (Prince George Cougars) were the most notable players who missed the game due to injury.