By Bill Beacon –
PITTSBURGH — The top prospects for the NHL draft got to mingle with the teams involved in the Stanley Cup final Tuesday and they came away impressed.

Centre John Tavares, who had a brief chat with Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and rangy defenceman Victor Hedman, who shook hands with the seven Swedish players in the Detroit Red Wings dressing room, are expected to go first and second overall in the NHL draft on June 26 in Montreal.

That's unless centre Matt Duchene of the Brampton Battalion breaks into the top two when the 30 NHL clubs begin selecting the world's best 18-year-old players. Centre Evander Kane of the Vancouver Giants and centre Braydon Schenn of the Brandon Wheat Kings also got to tour the teams' rooms.

"I've never been to the Stanley Cup final so I'm pretty excited," said Tavares, the Oakville, Ont., native who has the same agent as Crosby in Pat Brisson. "We just had a couple of words. I know he's pretty focused right now."