3rd Overall Trade Potential Part 1 (Columbus)

By Bobby Bauders

It’s no secret that Arizona Coyotes General Manger Don Maloney is a busy man. He’s got the 3rd overall pick in one of the deepest drafts in NHL history, and teams are clearly interested. Reportedly, the Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, and Toronto Maple Leafs have all expressed interest in the pick. Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel probably won’t be available, but Noah Hanifin, Dylan Strome, and Mitch Marner are. That’s pretty amazing at 3rd overall, and it’s highly sought after. So, will we see the Coyotes deal the 3rd overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft?


We’re going to look at 2 different trades here.


Arizona gets:

Ryan Johansen – Center

Nick  Foligno – Winger

2015 4th Round Draft Pick – Columbus

Columbus gets;

2015 3rd Overall – Arizona

2015 1st Round Draft Pick – Chicago

2015 2nd Round Draft Pick – Arizona

I’d say this has about no chance of happening. 10%. I think it would benefit both sides. Arizona gets more salary so they can hit the cap floor, plus proven scorers. Columbus gets draft picks to rebuild. Plus, they’d still have their 8th overall. The problem is, Jarmo Kekalainen, the Jackets’ GM, doesn’t think they need a rebuild. He sees a talented roster that can compete. Which is true, but look at this amazing draft class! You could get what you have and more!

Trade #2:

Arizona gets:

Mark Letestu – Center

Sonny Milano – Winger

2015 8th Overall – Columbus

2015 3rd Round Draft Pick – Columbus

2015 4th Round Draft Pick – Columbus

Columbus gets:

Mark Arcobello – Center

2015 3rd Overall – Arizona

2015 4th Round Draft Pick – Arizona

This trade makes more sense to me. I’d say about a 35% chance. Columbus gets their 3rd overall without giving up their core, Arizona still has a decent draft spot(s) and a good prospect.


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