BRANDON — Taylor Hall is in a class of his own.
The Windsor Spitfires superstar won his second straight Memorial Cup MVP award Sunday night, becoming the first repeat winner in the tournament’s history.
“That’s a pretty good accomplishment,” Hall said after his three-point performance helped the Spitfires steamroll the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1 in Sunday’s final.
“It’s something I wasn’t focused on before the tournament. I was just worried about contributing to the team in my own little way.”
Hall led the tournament with five goals and nine points.
Spitfires captain Harry Young said everyone expects to see Hall put up the points, but it’s the other aspects of his teammate’s game that makes him a potential first-overall pick in this summer’s draft.
“It’s not just the goal-scoring and the passing,” Young said. “We’ve seen him get down and block shots. When your best player can lead by example and put his body on the line like that, everybody builds off it.”
Hall’s linemate and Team Canada world junior teammate Adam Henrique said there’s no question in his mind who the Edmonton Oilers should select in June.
“All of us know that he should be the one going No. 1 overall,” Henrique said. “And we wish him the best of luck from there. He’s an unbelievable player.”
Hall began the tournament by tumbling face-first into the boards — and taking stitches in two different spots as a result — but minutes later scored a highlight-reel goal.
“It didn’t start off well,” Hall said. “That was my first shift. But I recovered from there, and I don’t think we had many lapses in the tournament.”
If the Oilers don’t take Hall, it will be because they’ve targeted a centre (Tyler Seguin).
But Hall did everything in his power to prove he’s worthy of the first selection.
And a spot in the NHL next season.
There’s not much left for this guy at the junior level.
“Nothing against the Windsor Spitfires, but I’d love to play in the NHL next year,” Hall said. “That’s my goal this summer.”