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Blue Jackets complete coaching staff with Boughner hire

compiled from staff, wire and Columbus Blue Jackets news

The Columbus Blue Jackets and new head coach Scott Arniel have completed their entirely new staff of assistants.

Bob Boughner, a former NHL defenseman who has achieved success coaching in the Canadian junior leagues, has been hired.

Bob Boughner (Windsor Spitfires photo)

Boughner has coached the Windsor Spitfires to two straight Memorial Cups which is the Stanley Cup of junior hockey. He is a majority owner in the Spitfires franchise.

Several hockey experts did not believe that Boughner would leave his hometown because he was set financially and the only reason he would leave would be as a head coach for one of the NHL’s more established teams.

He joins a staff of Brad Berry and Dan Hinote, all of of whom had very solid careers in the NHL.

Boughner played in 630 NHL games with six clubs, totaling 15 goals, 57 assists and 1,382 penalty minutes. He had 106 fighting majors.

Edmonton Oilers chose Taylor Hall over Tyler Seguin as overall #1 pick in NHL Draft

Taylor Hall Edmonton (Windsor Spitfires photo)

compiled from NHL news and Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers selected forward Taylor Hall with the number 1 pick in the NHL draft over the weekend, ending a yearlong debate about the who were the two best 18-year-old’s in hockey at the present time.

The NHL’s worst team, the Oilers, chose Hall over fellow OHL (Ontario Hockey League) forward Tyler Seguin on Friday night, making the toughest of allĀ  selections at the start of the draft in years. Edmonton’s management and general manager Steve Tambellini said they didn’t make the final decision until mid-day on Friday.

Hall will playing for a rebuilding team in Edmonton, while Boston, a playoff-caliber team were waiting to grab Seguin and did with the number 2 pick.

Edmonton likes Hall because of his physical gifts and work ethic to be a mainstay for years on a club that has lacked an elite front-line talent since trading away Ryan Smythe three years ago.

Many National Hockey League scouts and executives couldn’t chose a favorite between Hall, a physical left winger who scored 106 points in 57 games for the Windsor Spitfires, and Seguin, a smooth-as-silk skating center from the Plymouth Whalers. Seguin was the league MVP last season, and Hall was the playoff MVP while leading the Spitfires to their second straight Memorial Cup title.