NHL Rumors V: Teams Looking To Trade Up and Down At The Draft

  • Rory Boylen of The Hockey News: Boylen looks at the top five teams that might be considering trading their first round pick.

    1. Florida Panthers at No. 1 – the first overall pick has been traded five times before, three times by the Panthers.

    2. New York Islanders at No. 5 – they’ll be giving up their first round pick next year, so improving their roster for this season is important. If they find the right player, they could move this pick.

    3. Anaheim Ducks at No. 10 – have one of the top ranked prospect systems. Are interested in trading for Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler and might need to include a first round pick. This pick acquired from the Bobby Ryan trade with the Senators. They also have the No. 24 pick.

    4. Philadelphia Flyers at No. 17 – need to address their blueline.  There has been rumors that they could go after the first overall pick to draft Aaron Ekblad. They could also use this pick in a trade for another defenseman.

    5. Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 19 and/or No. 28 – The Lightning also have two first round picks next season to go along with two Calder finalists this past season. They could use these picks to improve their roster this season.

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “The price hasn’t been established for the 1st overall pick & these 8 teams are waiting for that. The Leafs are among that group” … “In fact, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton are among group of 8 who have expressed interest [in 1st overall pick]” … “If you’re the Leafs, and you’re trying to move up from 8th to 1st what is the price you have to pay to do that?” … “Tallon and the Panthers don’t know for certain what that price should be” … “The message from Nonis and the other teams is, look at our roster and let us know what you need & then we’ll decide”
  • Chris Nichols: Elliotte Friedman: “I do think are really taking look at what it will take to get No. 1 pick.” He’s not sure if Kesler is part of it.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Don’t rule out the Blues drafting Ryan MacInnis. It has been talked about within and they seem comfortable with the idea of drafting Al’s son.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said he’s ready to make a trade to get a better pick at the draft.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Ducks need to let the Blue Jackets know by the start of the draft next week if they will keep the No. 38 pick or give it to the Blue Jackets.


  1. gralx

    06/20/2014 at 11:00 am

    Edmonton is at #3? I say trade down with them. You KNOW they are going to screw up and take the wrong Sam and leave the good one behind.

  2. Jeff

    06/20/2014 at 11:19 am

    Which pick does ANA owe CBJ?

  3. Mark Easson

    06/20/2014 at 11:35 am

    He noted the No. 38, but the Ducks get that from Toronto.

    Condition from a trade with the Kings.

    Columbus acquired this pick in a trade on March 5, 2014 that sent Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles in exchange for Matt Frattin, a conditional third-round pick in 2014 or 2015 and this pick.

    Columbus acquired this pick in a trade on March 5, 2014 that sent Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles in exchange for Matt Frattin, a conditional third-round pick in 2014 or 2015 and this pick.

  4. AJ

    06/20/2014 at 3:10 pm

    I still don’t see the Ducks’ involvement here. That #38 pick belongs flat out to the Ducks from TOR since it was converted mid-season.

  5. ChrisB

    06/20/2014 at 3:33 pm

    Lol Pretty much why I usually only do the 1st round in my own mock draft. This year, the 2nd, 4th and 5th rounds are littered with conditions. I’d really love to go more rounds, but its too aggravating trying to figure out who has what pick.

  6. ChrisB

    06/20/2014 at 4:07 pm

    @ AJ I don’t see it either. To me, the condition was met in the Ana/Tor trade when Holland played his 25th game. Toronto’s optional 2014/2015 2nd in the Bernier trade would automatically be deferred to 2015, which would subsequently be the pick going to CLB in the Gaborik deal.

    That’s how I see it, but NHL.com just listed the complete draft order and has #38 as Ana or CLB, at Ana’s option(from Tor), so apparently, we’re missing something.

  7. AJ

    06/21/2014 at 7:11 am

    @ ChrisB, exactly. I mean, what’s the other option for the Ducks? They made a deal and Tor has to keep their side. I don’t even know how Tot was able to make such a condition on the Gaborik-involved deal, when their 2014 2nd was already potentially used. That’s a circumvention of sorts.
    If I’m the Ducks, I give a crap and take this 2nd pick which is rightfully theirs.

  8. AlexF

    06/21/2014 at 10:56 am

    As far as I understand the Ducks have the option of either giving TOR 2nd round pick this year to CBJ and taking next years one, which could potentially be higher and in a deeper draft, or keeping this one and CBJ will get next years pick.