Hall, Seguin get Hollywood treatment

Tyler Seguin (left) and Taylor hall talk with reporters at the NHL Top Prospects Luncheon in Los...

Tyler Seguin (left) and Taylor hall talk with reporters at the NHL Top Prospects Luncheon in Los Angeles on June 24, 2010. (DIDIER DEBUSSCHERE/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:17 PM ET

LOS ANGELES They started camping outside Staples Centre on Monday, by the hundreds, half of them screaming for Taylor and half for the other guy in arguments raging long into the night.

But the occupants of the makeshift tent city could care less about the NHL Draft; they wouldnt know Hall and Seguin from Hall and Oates.

No, the screaming teenagers were here for the red carpet world premier of Eclipse, where Taylor Lautner and the werewolves battle that pale-looking dude and the vampires in whats become the hottest ticket in town.

And guess who made it to the A-list?

Yup, the Spitfire and the Whaler.

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I was pretty excited when they said the draft was in Los Angeles and so far its been everything they said it would be, beamed Hall, at a roof-top luncheon for the top-10 prospects. Ive never been to California, never even really been on a vacation like this, Its been tremendous.

Their professional careers havent even begun yet and the whirlwind is dizzying. On Thursday it was batting practice with the Dodgers and Angels, Wednesday was a trip to Hollywood.

And then the movie event of the year.

Im just trying to see some celebrities, grinned Seguin, whos about to become one himself. We went to the wax museum in Hollywood I got a picture with (a wax) Jessica Alba. I guess thats the closest Ill ever get to her. But it was a big step.

They take centre stage themselves on Friday evening, when their very own little drama reaches an ultimate conclusion, not a moment too soon as far as either one is concerned.

Boston and Edmonton are two entirely different cities with teams in entirely different situations, and while not knowing whos going where is fun for the fans, its murder on the kids.

Not knowing whats going to happen, making people tune in, its good for hockey that no one knows, said Hall. But its really kind of hard for me. I dont know whats going to happen.

Its going to be really nerve-racking for that half an hour (before the pick).

At the end of the day Im getting drafted by two totally different scenarios. Im very excited to see what happens.

Theyve run neck and neck in the scouting reports all year, now its up to the Edmonton Oilers to declare a winner.

Make no mistake, these are proud athletes who both want to go first.

I want to be the best, I want to go No. 1, said Seguin. Id step into an organization and guys would be around my age. But whatever happens, happens. Im having fun with this.

Doesnt mean there arent going to be jitters, but I look at this as an opportunity, one step closer to my dream.

Hall is considered the front runner, but hes met with Edmonton several times, had dinner with management at owner Daryl Katzs house, even, and still cant tell if they want him.

My guess is as good as yours, theres been no inside information, he said. It would mean a lot for me and my family (to go No. 1). Ive worked so hard and put in so many hours. If they do pick me, Im pretty deserving. Its going to be really interesting to see what happens.

I can help that team out. Im pretty comfortable with the fact I could be joining a rebuilding team. I think thats good. You want to be on a team thats young, you want to be on a team where you can play right away.

In the same sense, Boston is a really good city and theyre already there, so two really good situations.

And two really good players, who know that wherever they go, theyll be inextricably linked for the rest of their careers.

Hopefully we both continue to be successful, said Seguin. I can see this rivalry going on for a long time.

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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