The Edmonton Oilers selected forward Taylor Hall with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft on Friday, finally ending a yearlong debate about the two best 18-year-old prospects in hockey.
The league-worst Oilers chose Hall over fellow OHL forward Tyler Seguin on Friday, making the toughest call at the top of a draft in several years. Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini said the club didn’t make its final decision until earlier in the day.
“They’re such a great franchise with so much history behind them,” Hall said after pulling on his blue-and-orange jersey. “With the five (Stanley) Cups they won, it will mean a lot to me to join their organization and hopefully bring another one up there.”