Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said he’s fully open for business to deal the first overall draft pick in the NHL entry draft on June 27 — maybe because he thinks the youngster he covets will be there at No. 5, 6 or 7 — so if he can get a live, warm body off a team for the No. 1 selection and move back, he’ll grab it.

That certainly puts the Edmonton Oilers, who are picking third, on alert.

“You usually don’t see that publicly, a general manager coming out like this,” said one NHL scout.

While defenceman Aaron Ekblad and centres Leon Draisaitl, Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett are the acknowledged top four on just about every scouting list, I keep hearing the player Tallon really likes is Swedish forward William Nylander, who was born in Calgary when his centre/father Michael played for the Flames.

It just so happens that Florida’s European scout is Kent Nilsson, the one-time Oilers’ bird dog who lives in Sweden and has been pumping Nylander’s tires for some time.

The Panthers, who won the draft lottery last month, moving from No. 2 to No. 1 in the selection order, already have teenager Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad at centre. The five-foot-11, 169-pound Nylander, who scored six points in four games in the world under-18 championship in Finland last month, plays right-wing along with centre. Some scouts question Nylander’s ability to use his teammates at times, but acknowledge his tools.

“He likes the puck a lot. He’s a flashy player,” said one NHL scout.

Some scouts feel he’s got at least as much creativity as Reinhart, who scored 22 playoff points in 13 games for the Kootenay Ice this year, and Nylander is six months younger, with maybe more long-range upside.

If Tallon feels he can get Nylander fifth, sixth or seventh, that brings the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes into the picture to trade for the first overall choice.

The Oilers, whom I believe are leaning to Draisaitl if he’s there when it’s their turn, are probably on the phone to Tallon, too. The Buffalo Sabres pick second and Calgary fourth, although Flames president Brian Burke has a history of big-splash draft deals (Chris Pronger, the Sedin twins), so expect Burke and his new GM, Brad Treliving, to be all over moving to the No. 1 spot.

The Panthers, 29th in the final points table, need NHL wingers and defencemen. Their leading point-getter on the wing this past season was Scottie Upshall, with a meagre 37 points. Brad Boyes had 36. Only Boyes (21) reached the 20-goal plateau. As for D-men, they’ve got Brian Campbell, Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson as their top three, but they are very shallow in terms of NHL signed experience (Tom Gilbert is an unrestricted free agent and Ed Jovanovski is 38). They’ve got youngsters like Dylan Olsen, Alex Petrovic and Colby Robak, but they need help there.