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06/25/2010 - 10:01pm
Papelbon unavailable for Sox on Friday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in San Francisco that closer Jonathan Papelbon was almost certainly unavailable for his team's series opener against the Giants on Friday, one day after the pitcher labored through a 32-pitch outing against the Rockies in which he blew a save by allowing two runs in the ninth but then came back for a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win.

 

Papelbon has now given up a career-high six homers this season, and his 3.98 ERA is more than double the 1.84 career mark that he had entering the season. He's also striking out fewer batters per nine innings (7.7) than in any season in his career.

 

The Sox will have Papelbon -- who also blew a save on Wednesday -- use Friday as a day to work out and physically regenerate. That said, Francona made clear that he is not concerned about his closer's ability to bounce back from his consecutive blown saves.

 

"This won...

06/25/2010 - 8:40pm
Seguin: Boston 'is a hockey town'

LOS ANGELES_ There is little doubt Tyler Seguin is excited about wearing the Black and Gold and the possibility of immediately playing in the NHL next season.

 

Minutes after being selected by the Bruins with the second pick in the NHL draft Seguin soaked in the moment and acknowledged his goal is to make the team this season.

 

“It feels amazing, I can’t really describe it,” said Sequin, a native of Brampton, Ontario who netted 48 goals while adding 58 assists playing junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers last season. “It’s not winning the Stanley Cup but its one of the best feelings I’ve had so far in my life.”

 

With the highly anticipated draft process complete and his future team set, Seguin is ready to concentrate fully on his training regime.

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06/25/2010 - 7:26pm
Bruins land top-ranked Seguin second overall

LOS ANGELES -- In a predictable move following Edmonton's selection of Taylor Hall, the Bruins chose Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick in the NHL draft, a choice they received from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Phil Kessel.

 

Seguin was ranked as the top overall player in the draft by NHL's Central Scouting Bureau but, by many accounts may have been a victim of playing for a bad team. While Hall made headlines the past two postseasons, Seguin's Whalers never made it to the Memorial Cup in his two years in Plymouth. 

 

A common player comparison for Seguin has been Red Wings Hall of Fame center Steve Yzerman. A 6-foot-1, 172-pound right-handed shot, Seguin is considered an elite goal-scorer and playmaker. He is known more for a finesse game than a hard-nosed style. Seguin's father played college hockey at the University of Vermont in the 1980s.

 

After compiling 67...

06/25/2010 - 7:18pm
Oilers select Taylor Hall first overall

LOS ANGELES -- The Edmonton Oilers selected Windsor Spitfires left winger Taylor Hall with the first overall pick in the NHL draft, clearing the way for the Bruins to take Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin second overall.

 

Hall, 18, was ranked second behind Seguin by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau but had a better OHL resume, having played in the league for three season's to Seguin's two. In 57 games for the Spitfires this past season, Hall scored 40 goals and 66 assists for 106 points, which tied him with Seguin for the lead league in points.

 

Many point to the postseason as a big reason Hall was able to leapfrog Seguin on the Oilers' draft board. In 19 games, Hall racked up 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. In addition to helping his team sweep Seguin's Whalers in the playoffs, Hall earned his second consecutive Memorial Cup MVP award by leading the Spitfires to a title. Hall also racked up 12 points (6 G, 6 A...

06/25/2010 - 7:18pm
Oilers take Taylor Hall first overall

LOS ANGELES -- The Edmonton Oilers have selected Windsor Spitfires left wing Taylor Hall with the first overall pick in the NHL draft, clearing the way for the Bruins to take Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin second overall.

 

Hall, 18, was ranked second behind Seguin by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau but had a better OHL resume, having played in the league for three seasons to Seguin's two. In 57 games for the Spitfires this past season, Hall scored 40 goals and 66 assists for 106 points, which tied him with Seguin for the lead league in points.

 

Many point to the postseason as a big reason Hall was able to leapfrog Seguin on the Oilers' draft board. In 19 games, Hall racked up 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. In addition to sweeping Seguin's Whalers in the playoffs, Hall earned his second consecutive Memorial Cup MVP award by leading the Spitfires to a title. Hall also racked up 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in six...

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