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by Paul on 06/04/06 at 06:46 PM ET
A year ago at this time, the general thinking in hockey circles was if a team had any hopes of landing Phil Kessel in the draft, it had to finish dead last, cross its fingers in the lottery and get the first overall pick. The Bruins’ 2005-06 season went horribly awry, of course, but it didn’t get that bad. Yet, with three weeks to go before the June 24 draft in Vancouver, the Bruins seem to have a real shot at landing the speedy Kessel. Halfway through his freshman season at Minnesota, Kessel dropped from the Central Scouting Bureau’s No. 1 ranking among North American skaters to second behind American defenseman Erik Johnson in the midterm rankings. In the final rankings, he fell to an eyebrow-raising fifth. The B’s have the No. 5 pick in what promises to be an unpredictable draft. “I think you can throw the first 10 guys in a bag and take your pick,” one league scout said.continued
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