Darren Dreger was on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Monday morning.
On what the biggest story is headed into the draft, and if it’s correct that there is no story with the Toronto Maple Leafs, in that they’ll be drafting Auston Matthews, end of story:
“It is for me, end of story. I spent a lot of time with Mike Babcock in Russia and around the Toronto Maple Leafs. You’re never getting anything out of Lou or Mark Hunter or the management team, but they so desperately need a top line center and everything that Auston Matthews brings, so I can’t imagine that they would engage. They’ll listen. Of course they’ll listen. But I can’t imagine that they would trade that pick.
“But I’ll tell you this – for me, one of the biggest stories heading into this week is picks 3,4, and 5. That is Columbus, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
“We know what the Edmonton Oilers are trying to do. They’re trying to rebuild their blueline. Well, what are you going to move to make that happen. 4th pick overall we know to be in play. So what about Taylor Hall. Lots of rumblings around the National Hockey League. ‘Maybe this is the time the Oilers change the culture of their club and Hall really is a target that they’d consider moving.’
“So that’s a story that if that’s fact (laughs) and Peter Chiarelli, the general manager, is willing to consider that option – I’d like to hear what the return would be to have to consider trading Taylor Hall, but if that’s legit, we’ll follow that story pretty closely.”
Source: TSN 1050/Transcript: Nichols