Taylor vs. Tyler: Who is the better player?
posted at 11/9/2011 11:20 AM EST
I can't wait for this game Thursday night. I absolutely can't wait.
Having watched a lot of Edmonton games, I am impressed with both players. They are both top end talent and will be in the league a long time, as all-stars. However, at this point in their careers, I think the dust is finally starting to settle a bit on who has the most talent, and I think it's clearly Tyler Seguin.
As many on these boards can report, the Taylor Tyler draft year was euphoric. Most of us were tied up in it; I certainly was. But since the draft, I've stayed a huge fan of Edmonton, and am a regular reader of their blog, "The Cult of Hockey". I've seen every goal these young players have ever scored at the NHL level, and regularly review David Staples scoring chance reporting he does after every game.
One thing is clear after following the Oilers for this long: Taylor Hall is over-rated. Now, that doesn't mean that he is not a fantastic player, It doesn't mean that he won't be a top 5 left wing in the years to come. What I mean is, the Oilers fan base thinks Taylor Hall and RNH are the best players not named Sidney Crosby. They certainly believe that Hall is a far superior player to Seguin, and that they did not make a mistake drafting hall even though they have a wealth of wingers and severely lack talent down the middle outside of RNH.
This bothers me for three reasons:
1) Taylor Hall was on the worst team in the league, and was given top minutes on even strength and the PP. Last year alone he scored 8 power play goals
2) Taylor Hall is credited as being the better offensive player. Oilers fans make this claim as if it's trivial. However, when you watch each players goals, I think TS blows Hall away.
3) How can a fan base become so brainwashed, that its hard to even find even a single person with differing opinion about that draft.
So, being pissed off and wanting TS to get the recognition he deserves I decided to document every goal each player has scored and created an objective "Absolute Snipe" percentage to go along with commentary about each player.
Taylor Hall: 25 career goals, 78 gp
Absolute Snipes: 3
Absolute Snipes: 12%
Tyler Seguin: 19 gareer goals, 87 GP, 3 playoff goals, 13 playoff games
Absolute Snipes: 12
Snipe Percentage: 55%
Wrap up: Taylor Hall is a good player, but he's not in the same league as Seguin shooting the puck. Most of Hall's goals are from grinding hard to the net and picking up loose pucks. He can show you flashes of greatness, but he absolutely does not have what Seguin has in terms of elite goal scoring on his record. Perhaps he will show it at some point, but for now its clear:
Tyler Seguin is the better player, and it isn't even close.