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"...Tambellini has quietly taken some calls about that No. 1 pick."

"B2011DW talked to a source who said that Tambellini has quietly taken some calls about that No. 1 pick. A year ago, he was adamant about not moving it, and even tried to trade with Boston to get the first two selections. The philosophy has changed somewhat given Edmonton's need to be a better team now and not later."

--That's Kirk Luedeke confirming that Steve Tambellini is at least thinking about moving the first overall pick.

Luedeke thinks the Florida Panthers and General Manager Dale Tallon are a likely dance partner if Tambellini decides to pull the trigger.  Florida has the #3rd overall pick plus #33 and #47 and a wealth of enormous young defensemen in the system in addition to a a stable of enormous forwards drafted by Tallon in last year's entry draft, a draft in which Florida had 13 picks.

If, as Stu MacGregor has said, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Larsson are a cut above, it makes sense for Tambellini to explore the Florida option and try to land #33 or maybe a great prospect to slide back two spots to take Larsson.

#1 for #3 plus #33 gives Tambellini #19, #31 and #33, an extremely attractive package of picks should Tambellini try to move back into the top 10 for a second pick.  With Mika Zibanejad and Ryan Murphy seemingly on the rise, Ryan Strome and Sean Couturier seem to slipping even more.  Could Tambellini trade down to take Larsson and back up to grab Strome?

Follow Kirk Luedeke on Twitter @kluedeke29

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