You might remember last year when the Oilers had the top pick in the draft that the debate was Taylor or Tyler? Before the Oilers ultimately settled on Taylor Hall, there was talk they wanted to get the second pick from the Bruins and not have to make the decision, just grab them both.
Well, this time it seems Oilers GM Steve Tambellini would be willing to trade out of the top spot.
"I've had a few calls of people kicking the tires of how they can help me make the Oilers a better team," Tambellini told reporters. "For me to move the No. 1 pick would have to be something exceptional. This is a huge building block again."
OK, so it doesn't seem as if he's actively looking to move down, but that he's more than willing to listen. If the Oilers stay where they are, they are expected to select center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at No. 1. But there are four or five guys that are in the conversation for the top pick. So perhaps Tambellini would feel more than comfortable taking one of the guys next in line if he gets a good deal in return.
After Edmonton is Colorado at No. 2, and Adrian Dater of the Denver Post says the Avs know exactly what they're doing with the pick already.
Again, with the assumption that Nugent-Hopkins will be off the board, Colorado will have its choice on either top defenseman Adam Larsson or on a host of forwards, including Jonathan Huberdeau, Gabriel Landeskog and Sean Couturier. Huberdeau seems to be the likely choice, according to Dater.
The NHL Draft is Friday in St. Paul, Minn. and this week we will be rolling out our top players at each position as well as team needs leading up to draft night when we will have a live chat to discuss the goings-on in Minnesota.
-- Brian Stubits