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Don't Expect Any Magic

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that nobody should expect too much in the way of news prior to the ninth pick on Friday night.

"I don’t think there will be any magic for us tomorrow," said Chiarelli from a meeting room at the B's hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

"We’re picking nine, I’d say there’s, maybe after three or four, there’s a real good group of another eight, and there’s a good batch of defenseman, there’s a good batch of wingers and there’s a good batch of centermen.

"So we’re pretty content where we are and we’ll see where it goes.

"Oftentimes, players that you have ranked below your group go in and really good players drop," he said.

Chiarelli and his staff have often said the club's strategy is to take the best player available and winning the Stanley Cup hasn't changed that mode of operation.

"You always want to pick the best player," repeated Chiarelli. "Obviously, we’ve got some good depth at center.

"From afar, you’d think we want to draft a defenseman. But you...have to be careful that you don’t bypass a real good player.

"So, we’ll be wary of that, but we haven’t changed our strategy at all," he said.

Chiarelli has been contacted by teams in reference to his top 10 pick.

"Yeah, there’s been a couple calls," said Chiarelli. "I see, at least in the media, I see more...teams -- maybe it may just be advertising -- looking to move their picks, so I don’t know what that suggests.

"It seems to be that there’d be more teams looking for players, like ready-made NHL players right now, so, everyone wants to win," he said.

And that includes the Bruins. Chiarelli wouldn't discount the possibility that the B's could draft a player who is able to join the NHL roster next season.

"Well, we saw a player last year, Cam Fowler, drop to 11 or 12, and he played [this season for Anaheim], so you never say never about a player being able to play that’s drafted that low," said Chiarelli. "My guess is no.

"There may be one that can player that may drop to us, but that would be a huge bonus and it’s just more about getting the right player and starting to develop him."
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