LOS ANGELES -- With the first round of the NHL draft completed Friday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that the Edmonton Oilers were interested in obtaining the Bruins second pick in the draft, but not in working a potential swap that would have provided the B’s the Oilers top pick.
According to Chiarelli Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini hoped to obtain the Bruins pick as a stand alone proposition.
“Talks were more centered around (the Oilers) trying to get the number two pick from us,” said Chiarelli. “He told me early on he was going to try and get it and he didn’t give up.”
The Oilers used the first pick to select Taylor Hall. The Bruins in turn used the second pick to draft Tyler Seguin.
For his part Chiarelli, is happy with the Bruins being able to draft Seguin.
“He’s a terrific player, he’s got a terrific skill set,” said Chiarelli. “He’s still growing. His improvement was tremendous over one year to the next. Very smart, terrific hockey sense."
Chiarelli has also wasted little time suggesting Seguin will play in the NHL next season.
“I expect he will make the team,” he said. “But you never know. You remember some of the parallels in the past sort of his age and body type, a guy like (Steve) Stampkos took a while to get used to it, took him a while to get his confidence and strength. I would anticipate that line of improvement as he comes into the league.”
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