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Edmonton Oilers Shopping for Boston Bruins First Rounder?

Mark RitterSenior Writer IApril 4, 2010

VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jordan Eberle #14 of the Edmonton Oilers skates with the puck during a preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks on September 19, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote in his column today that he is hearing whispers that the Edmonton Oilers will try to trade for the Boston Bruins—or, in this case the Toronto Maple Leafs’—first round draft pick in this summers NHL Entry Draft.

Clearly, the Oilers are banking on the Bruins ending up with the No. 1 or No. 2 overall draft pick, which would put the Bruins in the position to draft Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin.

With the Oilers clearly headed to finish in the NHL’s basement the opportunity exists where they can pull a “Brian Burke” (Burke drafted the Sedin twins second and third overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft), making a bold move to acquire two richly talented prospects in the same draft, possibly first and second overall.

While it is unknown what the Bruins would want in return it is almost certain that any deal for the Bruins first rounder would have to include Team Canada hero Jordan Eberle and perhaps one of Magnus Paajavi-Svensson or Riley Nash.

Eberle is a special player who has demonstrated to be very capable of coming up large in big situations. No question about it, letting a player of Eberle’s talent leave your organization would be tough to do, but if it brought you back one of Hall or Seguin and the chance to have both of these kids on your roster you have to consider that trade.

From the Bruins perspective it must be noted that they already have one of the NHL’s more impressive prospect lists. Joe Colborne and Zach Hamill represent two very solid prospects at center, with Jordan Caron being more of a wild card.

The Bruins are not too deep on left wing prospects and could use a player of Paajavi-Svensson’s talent. That said, he has yet to really impress playing for Timra of the Swedish Elite League, scoring 12 goals and 29 points in 49 games this season. Question is, is Paajavi-Svensson the first line prospect we all thought he was or is he slipping down the depth charts?

What the Bruins do lack is a prospect that can be a true sniper at the center position. With that in mind, if the Bruins were to be approached with a deal that included Eberle and Paajavi-Svensson they would have to consider it.

Through 57 games with the Regina Pats of the WHL Eberle posted a very impressive 50 goals and 106 points, ranking him second overall amongst WHL players.

Could the Bruins possibly pass on selecting Hall or Seguin? A return of Eberle and Paajavi-Svensson would certainly make them think about it—question is, would they pull the trigger?

Hall and Seguin tied for first overall in OHL scoring, each posting an impressive 106 points, with Seguin posting 48 goals and 58 assists, while Hall notched 40 goals and 66 assists. Together, they would make an awesome combo, one that could rival the Pittsburgh Penguins one-two punch of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin one day.

The fact remains that there are very few opportunities afforded to NHL teams to draft a player with the skill set that Hall and Seguin posses and for that reason I cannot see the Bruins making a deal with the Oilers, as tempting as it may be.

Admittedly, we are a little ahead of ourselves here; fact is, neither the Bruins or the Oilers have secured the No. 1 or No. 2 pick yet. That said, if the stars align and we do see the Bruins and Oilers with the top two pick’s you can bet this trade will be talked about, perhaps even consummated.

What say you, would you make this deal?

For more NHL news and notes check out my website at www.theslapshot.com

Until next time,

Peace!

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