Thats why it is CRITICAL that the Pens don't let on about who they are interested in drafting. They need to give the impression that it could be anybody up untill it's time to pick . Obviously they need EJ but they should also deal with the reality of picking #2 without him being there. The less the rest of the league knows about the Penguins picking a forward the better.
Come on, I think St. Louis is aware we have Crosby and Malkin, and it doesnt take a brain surgeon to figure out that the Pens are set at center. Your "ploy" would work better if there was an impact winger sitting second but they are all natural centers.
I think the deal will be made because the deal makes sense. That is how they usually work out. They are devoid of any forward talent, have some adequate young players on D. Its a win win situation. They get a blue chip forward at the 2nd pick and a decent young forward from us and we get the stud on D that sets us up with one of the best cores of blue chippers in the league... Crosby, Malkin, Johnson and Fleury. That's pretty darn solid up the middle.