Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged to the media that he would be willing to trade one or some of his three picks in the first and second rounds of the NHL Entry Draft — but not the second pick overall.
Chiarelli has stated he will use the pick on the top prospect, Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, that Edmonton doesn’t pick with the No. 1 pick overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft June 25-26 in Los Angeles. The Bruins also own the 15th pick overall and two second round picks at 32 (from Toronto) and 45. The fact that this is such a deep draft has the Bruins GM thinking maybe he can move up and get another high pick.
"Sure. The scenarios that we’ve looked at and gone through, I was saying to (director of player personnel) Scott Bradley, is it because we’re more tuned in this year to the higher picks or does it just seem deeper, and it’s deeper," Chiarelli told the media Friday. "The player you get at four, five, six, seven, you’re looking at a really good player, a really good player. You look at it. It hasn’t happened often but you look at what first-round pick you bundle in with that. If you’re looking at a player next year, I have to be careful with that because there are some terrific players next year too. The strength of this year’s draft, it’s in the forefront."
Chiarelli is reportedly very high on two defensemen, Brandon Gormley of the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) and Cam Fowler of the Windsor Spitfires (OHL). He has made it clear after the last two seasons that he wants to add more puck-moving blueliners to the fold and both Fowler and Gormley would fit that mold.
Both players will be gone by the time the Bruins’ second first-round pick rolls around at 15 but Chiarelli could always bundle up some other picks and possibly a prospect and/or roster player to move up and get Gormley or Fowler.
As for trying to position himself to make sure he gets the player he wants between Hall and Seguin, a trade between the Oilers and Bruins hasn’t been seriously discussed between Chiarelli and Oilers GM Steve Tambellini yet.
"Yes, and I would expect that," Chiarelli said. "I had a brief discussion with Steve, just over a beer the other night, and I said 'I guess we’re supposed to have a conversation about it,' so we chuckled and he said, ‘Yeah, we will at some point.'"