With the first pick in the 2010 draft, the Boston Bruins select ... 

October, 20, 2009

It's Tuesday, so it must be time to dip into the mailbag to answer a few of your questions. I'll start by going off the board and saying yes, Yanks manager Joe Girardi overmanaged his team's 5-4 extra-inning loss in Anaheim on Monday. I know, I'm not the baseball guy, but I just had to get that off my chest.

Now, let's get to the ice, baby!

Brother, I'm a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I know ... we stink. How mad am I going to be when the Bruins have the first pick (OUR PICK!) in the 2010 draft? -- TimHorton3, Brampton, Ontario

Bro, you're going to be very, very mad. OHL star Taylor Hall, a left wing for the Windsor Spitfires, currently figures to be the top pick. The 6-foot, 186-pound Hall is a dynamic skater who has shown terrific puck skills during his time in Windsor. Last season, he was a big piece of the Spitfires' OHL/Memorial Cup champions. This year, he has 10 goals and 24 points in his first 13 games. You aren't going to be happy seeing him slipping a Boston Bruins sweater over his head on draft day. For your sake, I hope the bad news Leafs can find enough wins to avoid that ugly day.

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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.