LOS ANGELES — The destination for Tyler Seguin is to be the No. 1 pick, but even if the Edmonton Oilers don’t call his name Friday, the glib centre says the trip to draft day has been a wild and wonderful ride.
He’s had dinner with Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz, swung a bat at Angels Stadium, posed with a favoured actress at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, and taken in the movie premiere of the third instalment of the Twilight saga, The Eclipse.
Seguin will high-five Taylor Hall if he’s the Chosen One on Friday.
“I don’t know if people expect us to start fighting, or what,” said a joking Seguin.
Both No. 1 pick possibilities had an audience with Katz, who will be at the NHL entry draft.
Seguin was blown away by seeing the Oilers owner when he was in Edmonton.
“The house, the cars . . . he had two Bentleys and a Range Rover that I saw, and there were three security guards at the house all the time. They were in Cadillacs,” Seguin said after the four-course meal.
Batting practice was a hoot.
“I certainly didn’t hit one out . . . I did get the ball out of the infield, though,” said Seguin, who didn’t see Hall go yard, either. “We were joking that if anybody did, they’d be the first pick.”
The trip to see the wax statues was a highlight.
“I posed beside Jessica Alba. That’ll probably be as close as I ever get to her,” said Seguin, who was leaving a press meet and greet with the media at the entertainment area L.A. Live to see the Twilight movie later Thursday night.
Seguin was getting in while hundreds of fans were literally camped out in tents on the street for tickets at the L.A. Film Festival, just by the Staples Center, where the draft will be held Friday and Saturday.
Neither Seguin nor Hall will be told by the Oilers if they’re their guy ahead of time.
But Seguin wore the look Thursday of a kid who, in his heart of hearts, might feel that Hall has the slight upper-hand in the Oilers’ eyes because he’s won two straight Memorial Cups.
Oilers president Kevin Lowe also said months ago that Hall reminded him of a young Mark Messier, and you know what Lowe thinks of Messier.
But Seguin won’t be a loser, either way. He’s had a great ride to draft day.
When will he know he’s an NHLer?
“Maybe if I’ve been two years in the league and I’m sitting in a nice house, I’d like to be able to say I’m living the dream,” he said.
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