Oilers will keep us in suspense over pick ... and that's a good thing
Moments after the Edmonton Oilers GM rolled with the odds and
Smart move for two reasons. Oh sure, some fans would prefer that he let the Taylor or Tyler out of the bag. But why spoil the surprise? Maybe that's just me talking, but, hey, I didn't want to know the sex of either of my kids before they were born, either.
So what we'll have for the next three months is talk. And debate. And speculation. And that, my friends, is a good thing for hockey. By the time the big day rolls around, everyone who doesn't already have a personal favorite between Windsor Spitfires winger
But the more important reason is leverage. See, Tambellini already knows who he'll be selecting. And that player likely will be Seguin, a high-octane center who's earned comparisons to
Of course, he couldn't go wrong with Hall, the reigning Memorial Cup MVP whose speed, power and fearlessness evokes images of
What Tambellini surely recognizes is that the Bruins are stocked at center now and for the foreseeable future with
So maybe Tambellini takes advantage of his position by offering to leave Hall on the board for the Bruins in exchange for some consideration ... say, another pick.
It might not work but at least Tambellini keeps the option open by playing his cards close to his chest.
Beyond that bit of intrigue, there wasn't much of note to the actual lottery. With the Oilers taking advantage of their 25 percent chance to win the lottery, it marked the third consecutive year that the 30th-place team claimed top prize. Everyone else remains in a position determined by an inverse order of the standings.
It also might mark the last time that a team doesn't secure lottery protection when trading a first-rounder. As happy as the Maple Leafs were with the 30-goal performance of