You may have seen the story from ESPN's Scott Burnside about the B's and Oilers possibly swapping the top two picks in the draft. It's quite the rumor, but how does it rate?
My take? I can't imagine that it would happen.
Tambellini seemed dumbstruck when asked about what Chiarelli said. I think it's just a lot of babble. Would No. 2 and No. 15 and something else (a future and a player) work? Possibly, but only if Tambellini thought that he would still get the player he wanted at No. 1 at No. 2. I think Chiarelli is looking to bundle some of his picks -- No. 15 or one or some of his second rounders -- to move up into the top 10. If that's what the B's are considering, I'm sure that Erik Gudbranson is a player they'd see as a Bruin
There has also been some rumbling about Florida moving up into the top two. I'm sure that GM Dale Tallon will talk to Boston, but I don't think he'd have a chance to move Edmonton off No. 1. A flip with Boston and some movement of other picks? Well, maybe. But I don't know that Florida has the assets (other than picks) that can get it done. It's not like Boston can use another second or third rounder. I'm more confident that the Bruins would bundle those to move up from 15.
More from the Mock Draft
Today we released the fourth iteration of our 2010 mock draft. While we stopped at the end of Round 1, it's worth mentioning a few players on the cusp, and why they're likely to miss the cut in the first 30 picks.
The Filatov Flu (Fear of Flight to the KHL)
LW Maxim Kitsyn, Novokuznetsk (Russia)
RW Stanislav Galiev, Saint John (QMJHL)
LW Ivan Telegin, Saginaw (OHL): Galiev and Telegin -- playing in the Canadian juniors -- have a clean slate, but unfortunately it's guilt/fear by association.
A Little Too Little
C Jordan Weal, Regina (WHL): Hard to pull the trigger at under 5-foot-10.
LW Kirill Kabanov, Moncton (QMJHL): Junior hockey's longest-running soap opera.
C Riley Sheahan, Notre Dame (NCAA): Wouldn't be the first player with a drinking rap in college.
Only Briefly Sensational
LW Johan Larrson, Brynas (Sweden): Had a good world under-18s in April, but reviews the rest of the season were lukewarm and thus a final ranking of No. 34 in Europe according to NHL Central Scouting. At 5-10 he also fits on the Little Too Little list.
LW Teemu Pulkkinen, Jokerit (Finland): Also huge in Belarus but in and out during the season -- might be related to shoulder surgery. His big under-18s might have been a by-product of playing beside Mikael Granlund.