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Saturday, June 26, 2010
Chiarelli stood his ground

By Joe McDonald

LOS ANGELES –- In the final week leading into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he and his staff decided one of the two top prospects –- Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin -- had a slight advantage over the other.

After the Edmonton Oilers selected Hall with the No. 1 overall pick Friday night, the Bruins picked Seguin. Chiarelli would not disclose after the first round who his top choice was.

“I’m not going to say which prospect we had over the other prospect,” he said.

In the moments prior to the start of the draft, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini tried to get Boston’s No. 2 pick, but Chiarelli would not budge.

“He had said earlier on that he would try to get it and he didn’t give up,” said Chiarelli. “It didn’t surprise me that he kept coming at me.”

What the Oilers were offering the Bruins in order to have the opportunity to select both Hall and Seguin did not impress Chiarelli.

“Both players at one and two are really good players,” he said. “They’re young and they can grow with the organization from the get-go. We’re in a good spot. I couldn’t think of many situations, any situation, where I would trade that pick.”