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NHL Draft: Trading Up Into Sixth Through 10th
By Thomas Harrington
With the top five out of the way, it’s time to turn our attention to the teams picking from sixth through 10th. I’ll follow the same criteria as before so you won’t see Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry, Patrick Eaves, Ryan Miller, Andrew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell, Cam Fowler, Josh Manson, John Gibson, Adam Henrique, and Hampus Lindholm in any of the below deals. The players who I think Anaheim would most likely deal are Brandon Montour, Ondrej Kase, Jakob Silfverberg, Nick Ritchie, and Korbinian Holzer, as well as various prospects and picks. At this point, it’s hard to say exactly who will be available, but there will be a number of quality players available from sixth through 10th, prospects like Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard, Quintin Hughes, Adam Boqvist, Oliver Wahlstrom and more.
Sixth Pick – Detroit
Detroit has the sixth overall pick, and they look to solidly be in the rebuild phase. If anything, I’d expect them to trade some of their veteran players and try to acquire more first-round picks, as they did with Tomas Tatar at the deadline. Therefore, I do not believe that there is a deal to be made with Detroit.
Seventh Pick – Vancouver
The Vancouver Canucks hold the seventh overall pick, and they haven’t made the playoffs since the 2014-2015 season. They’ve been in the middle of a rebuild for the last several years, and have accumulated a good deal of young talent. At some point, they will need to stop building for the future and focus on winning in the present. That could be this season. However, I don’t see them shipping the seventh overall pick to a division rival unless the return was exorbitant, and I doubt the Ducks would want to pay such a high price and give so much to someone in the Pacific Division.
Eighth Pick – Chicago
For the first time since the 2007-2008 season, the Chicago Blackhawks failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and hold the eighth overall pick. The Hawks have a number of expensive contracts, and would probably prefer to unload some of those instead of their first-round pick. However, if they could get some good, young assets who are in the NHL right now, there might be a deal here. The Ducks would need to give up either young players who don’t cost much or likely won’t cost too much if they need to sign an extension, so Montour is probably out. However, a deal centering around Jacob Larsson and Kase could be enough to get it done. The Hawks would get a great defensive prospect and a good, young forward who is coming off a 20 goal season. While Kase does need a new deal, he probably will sign for significantly less than Montour will, making him more desirable for Chicago. The Ducks would probably need to include a little more to get it done, say one of their third-round picks or even their second-round pick. If the Ducks included the 23rd overall pick, then Chicago would probably need to give up more than just the eighth overall selection, as they would be a high price for Anaheim to pay. So the deal would be Larsson, Kase, and Anaheim’s second round pick for the eighth overall pick, or Larsson, Kase, and the 23rd overall pick for the eighth overall pick and a prospect or other pick.
Ninth Pick – NY Rangers
The New York Rangers hold the ninth overall pick after missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers published a letter to their fans, essentially saying that they were not going to win this past season and were going to enter into a rebuild instead. They also say that this process will likely continue into the summer so it would be a pretty big surprise if the Rangers traded away this pick.
10th Pick – Edmonton
The Edmonton Oilers hold the 10th overall pick in the draft. The Oilers are a team that has only made the playoffs once since the 2006-2007 season. With Connor McDavid signed to a long-term extension, this is a team that wants to get back into the playoffs and win now. Despite being in the same division, I do think that there’s a deal to be made here, with Silfverberg at the center of it. Edmonton is also known to be shopping this pick, as they believe that the player they take will not be ready for the NHL next season. The Oilers have a ton of young talent on their roster and in their system and have picked first overall multiple times in the last several seasons. Therefore, I believe that they won’t be looking for young players; instead, I think they’ll want established players who play well in the postseason. That description perfectly fits Silfverberg. Despite a down season, he’s still a dangerous, two-way forward who will score 20 or more goals most seasons. So the deal would be the 23rd overall pick and Silfverberg for the 10th overall pick. It’s a bit of a steep price for the Ducks to pay, but depending on which players are still available, this could be a worthwhile deal for Anaheim. Maybe the Ducks could get another pick out of this, or even one of Edmonton’s lower level prospects so they’d be getting a little more back. Alternatively, maybe Anaheim wouldn’t have to include their first round pick; maybe instead they could do their second and one of their thirds along with Silfverberg to trade up to the 10th overall selection.
Next up, I’ll look at the teams picking from 11th to 15th overall.
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June 7th, 2018