Hall, Seguin at Angel Stadium
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Although Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin are the top prospects in this weekend's NHL draft, their batting stances could use a little work.
Hall and Seguin took a few swings in the cage at Angel Stadium on Wednesday while kicking off a week of festivities around the draft's first trip to Southern California.
"It was fun to try that out," Hall said after putting his best drive off the San Diego Zoo sign on the right-field wall on the bounce. "I love this city. Everything about it is so relaxing, and it's nice to have a break at the end of this process. It's so great to be out here."
The talented teenage forwards are almost certain to be the top two picks in the first round Friday night in Los Angeles -- but they weren't in danger of being selected in the baseball draft earlier this month.
Seguin and Hall are junior hockey rivals in Ontario: Hall's Windsor Spitfires sent home league MVP Seguin's Plymouth Whalers in the OHL playoffs two months ago. While Hall talked about his warning-track power in Anaheim, Seguin made a more practical observation after his first full day in California.
"Girls that are 10s back home are 6s here," he said with a laugh. "It's crazy."
They were joined by defenseman Cam Fowler, Seguin's Windsor teammate, and forwards Brett Connolly and Emerson Etem, a Long Beach native. All five players are highly likely to be chosen early in the first round.
The players kicked off their Los Angeles excursion Wednesday with a tour of Hollywood, a meal at California landmark In-N-Out Burger, and a pep talk from longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda after taking batting practice before the Angels' game against the Dodgers.
They also met Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who chuckled when introduced to the tall, scruffy-bearded Connolly.
"You're 18?" Scioscia asked. "You look like you're 36. What, did you shave a couple of hours ago?"
Edmonton has the top choice in the draft, with Boston picking second while Florida is third and Columbus is fourth. Hall and Seguin both profess no preference on their destination when the Oilers make one of the NHL's toughest No. 1 choices in many years.
Etem served as the players' unofficial tour guide in his home metropolis, although the Medicine Hat Tigers forward hadn't been to Hollywood in several years.
And though he grew up just 20 miles from Angel Stadium, he had never been there before Wednesday night.
"I don't even know what batting percentage is, any of that," Etem said. "I've been to Dodger Stadium once in my life, too. I'm not a baseball guy. I played tennis and hockey."
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