Robin Brownlee
June 23 2011 12:05PM

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Talk persists that Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is determined to acquire a second top-10 pick in the first round of Friday's NHL Entry Draft. While his intent seems clear, the question is how he accomplishes it.

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Jason Gregor
June 23 2011 11:55AM

Let's be honest, every guy and girl has thought about trading up!

You think your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend's expiry date is past due and  the hot guy/girl at the bar is going to make your life instantly better and hotter. Don't lie, you've all thought that at some point. Most of you have realized that it was a ridiculous thought and made the right choice to go home,  but some of you have given in to the allure of lust, ecstacy and instant gratification.

Will some GMs be seduced into overpaying to move up a few spots on Friday?

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Robin Brownlee
June 23 2011 10:41AM

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Here, based on the order of selection at the time of writing today -- an order that's guaranteed to change by Friday morning when all the wheeling and dealing is done -- is how I see the first round of the NHL Entry Draft unfolding at the Xcel Energy Center.

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My 2011 NHL Draft Top-30

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2011 10:03AM

I know the hockey world is swamped with mock drafts and top-30 lists at the moment, but I thought I’d add one more – mine. This is not a mock draft; rather, this is how I rank the players I feel are the top-30 prospects for tomorrow’s draft.

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The Final Tally: The Vanek Offer Sheet

Jonathan Willis
June 22 2011 10:48PM

In the summer of 2007, then-Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe made a pair of bold moves, signing first Thomas Vanek and then Dustin Penner to offer sheets. The Oilers eventually added Penner after much grumbling from the Ducks, but only after the offer sheet to Vanek was matched by Buffalo.

Four years later, we’re finally in a position to know exactly what Lowe would have surrendered, had Buffalo not opted to match the Oilers’ offer sheet. I’ll put it this way: they dodged a bullet.

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