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 wouldn’t 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 what’s 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 it’s been everything they said it would be,” beamed Hall, at a roof-top luncheon for the top-10 prospects. “I’ve never been to California, never even really been on a vacation like this, It’s been tremendous.”

Their professional careers haven’t 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.

“I’m just trying to see some celebrities,” grinned Seguin, who’s about to become one himself. “We went to the wax museum in Hollywood I got a picture with (a wax) Jessica Alba. I guess that’s the closest I’ll 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 who’s going where is fun for the fans, it’s murder on the kids.

“Not knowing what’s going to happen, making people tune in, it’s good for hockey that no one knows,” said Hall. “But it’s really kind of hard for me. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“It’s going to be really nerve-racking for that half an hour (before the pick).

“At the end of the day I’m getting drafted by two totally different scenarios. I’m very excited to see what happens.”

They’ve run neck and neck in the scouting reports all year, now it’s 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. “I’d step into an organization and guys would be around my age. But whatever happens, happens. I’m having fun with this.

“Doesn’t mean there aren’t 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 he’s met with Edmonton several times, had dinner with management at owner Daryl Katz’s house, even, and still can’t tell if they want him.

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

“I can help that team out. I’m pretty comfortable with the fact I could be joining a rebuilding team. I think that’s good. You want to be on a team that’s 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 they’re already there, so two really good situations.”

And two really good players, who know that wherever they go, they’ll 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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