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Chiarelli: Oilers wanted Bruins pick

LOS ANGELES — With the first round of the NHL [1] draft completed Friday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that the Edmonton Oilers [2] 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.

‘€œTalks were more centered around (the Oilers) trying to get the number two pick from us,’€ said Chiarelli. ‘€œHe 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 [3]. The Bruins in turn used the second pick to draft Tyler Seguin [4].

For his part, Chiarelli is happy with the Bruins being able to draft Seguin.

‘€œHe’€™s a terrific player, he’€™s got a terrific skill set,’€ said Chiarelli. ‘€œHe’€™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 [5] next season.

‘€œI expect he will make the team,’€ he said. ‘€œBut 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.’€

Rounds 2-7 of the draft continue Saturday.