Q&A with Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall
BRANDON, Man. — Plymouth Whalers centre Tyler Seguin is in Brandon and will learn on Saturday if he’s won a Canadian Hockey League award. He’s nominated for three. Windsor Spitfires winger Taylor Hall, meanwhile, arrived at the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup as one of the tournament’s marquee players.
Seguin and Hall are expected to be the first two players selected in next month’s NHL entry draft and on Friday they answered reporters’ questions on playing for the national junior championship, the upcoming draft and news that EA Sports will include a Memorial Cup feature in its NHL video game series.
Q: (Taylor Hall) talk about what this event has meant for you in your development.
Hall: I just feel so lucky that I was able to be a Windsor Spitfire. This event is just a prelude to the NHL and hopefully we can finish it out strong.
Q: How many times have you two created yourselves in this video game before?
Hall: Me personally, never, but throughout the Memorial Cup I got a really good record going on in NHL 10 against my teammates.
Seguin: I actually have once before . . . I tended to be on the Detroit Red Wings because I wanted to be like Steve Yzerman.
Q: When this game comes out and you’re drafted, will you create yourselves with your junior teams first or your NHL team first?
Hall: I have no idea, I haven’t really thought that far in the future. To be honest, this is the first I’ve heard of it. It’s an exciting opportunity and something personally I’ve been waiting for for a long time.
Seguin: I’m not too good at NHL, but I’m good at Call of Duty. But with this new game coming out, and playing as myself, hopefully I’ll get a bit better at video games.
Q: Tyler, what’s your assessment of Taylor’s play this week and secondly, do you think that’s hurt your chances of being selected No. 1 by Edmonton (Oilers)?
Seguin: I’ve only actually watched two games. Everyone asks me if it’s hard to watch the (Memorial) Cup, but I’m still a hockey fan, so obviously I’m going to turn the channel on here and there. Hall’s played amazing. I watched two games there and he’s doing really well out there. He got a big hit (on Friday against the Brandon Wheat Kings) and bounced back and got two goals. That being said, I think the scouts have seen everything they want to see. We’ve played over 75-80 games, so I think they’ve made their assessments. Obviously, playing in the (Memorial) Cup’s not going to hurt you, it’s only going to help.
Q: With Taylor playing is there almost a feeling of helplessness because you can’t get out on the ice?
Seguin: Yeah, it’s been a little tough. It was definitely depressing right after we lost out there. Now, I’m trying to stay positive. I think even if Taylor’s playing (in the Memorial) Cup, I get to start doing my summer program.
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