Saturday, May 9, 2009

Hall delivers big moment

Taylor Hall may be one of the best junior hockey players in the country and despite being just 17-years-old, the Kingston native delivered one of the most memorable moments in this history of Windsor sports on Friday when he scored the overtime-winning goal in the deciding game of the OHL championship series.

Hall was the OHL and CHL rookie of the year in 2007-08 and followed up with another outstanding season this year. But he stepped up his production even more in the playoffs, including 13 times when he recorded multiple points in playoff games. He scored 16 goals - including 10 even strength - during the Spitfires' inspirational playoff run and was the obvious choice to win the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

No offence to John Tavares, Matt Duchene and the other outstanding group of prospects for this year's NHL draft, but with the wheels, scoring ability and knack for scoring big goals that Hall has shown, I suspect he would be the first overall pick this year if he had been born two months earlier. Unfortunately for the NHL - but to Windsor's benefit - Hall isn't available for the draft until next summer.

He just might get another OHL championship before then.