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Friday, June 4, 2010
Bruins making final interviews for draft

By Joe McDonald

The NHL Entry Draft is only a few weeks away and the excitement is mounting for the Boston Bruins and their fans as the organization has the No. 2 overall selection.

Unless you’ve been living under a Zamboni, you know the top two players in this year’s draft are Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and his staff met after the NHL scouting combine late last month to discuss their final preparations for the draft.

“I think our meetings went well and the fact that we have four picks in the first round and a half -- we always pay attention to these things, but you've really got to focus in on your target guys and the guys you want and where they should be slotted,” Chiarelli said.

Chiarelli called this year’s draft a deep one and said the organization is putting in extra work because it has so many high picks. His plan is to finish his player interviews midway through next week. He’s already visited with Seguin and his family, and Chiarelli is planning on meeting with Hall and his family next week.

“As far as those two kids, I’ve been quoted as saying, ‘They’re really close’ and I’ll continue to say that because that’s what they are for us," Chiarelli said. "They were both very good interviews up in Toronto and I had a good meeting with the Seguins in Brampton and I certainly anticipate the same with the Halls in Kingston.”

Both players are scheduled to visit Boston soon.