Stanley Cup better than being No. 1 pick

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins makes a turn during the first period of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects...

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins makes a turn during the first period of the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto January 19th, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI AGENCY)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS - When Taylor Hall went first overall at the 2010 draft in Los Angeles, he won the day over Tyler Seguin.

A year later, is it time for a re-count?

Hall won the coveted No.1 honours, but Seguin went on to win a Stanley Cup and in the eyes of many, thats a better deal.

When posed with the question, would you rather go first overall or second overall and win a Cup, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins wasted little time.

Id rather go second and win a Cup.

PLAY NICE - Adam Larsson is the first to admit that establishing yourself as a defenceman in the NHL is harder than establishing yourself as a forward. Especially as a Swede.

The No.2 player in many rankings was rather candid when explaining why.

I think it is because the forwards hit and are meaner in the NHL than they are in Sweden, he said. Thats the biggest part.

He does think hell follow a similar development curve as Victor Hedman, whos coming into his own in Tampa Bay.

I try to play the same style as him. Im maybe a bit more skilled but not as big.

CAPIAL IDEA - Gabriel Landeskog will probably go before Ottawa gets a shot at him at No. 6, but hed love to be a Senator.

Playing with Daniel Alfredsson would mean a lot, he was a great player in Sweden, a hero in Sweden, said the 6-foot-1, 207 pounder. I actually met him when I was a little boy, 10 or 11 years old. I doubt hed remember, but I was in Ottawa and talked to him a little bit about the city. He was really nice, really humble.

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