Vancouver Canucks Draft: 4 Proposals to Trade Down

Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the crowd before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the crowd before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Outlook

Since the Colorado Avalanche are in a similar position as the Vancouver Canucks, they are not a likely trade partner. At No. 10, they will get a talented forward like Brown, Keller or Jost, or a defenseman in Sergachev, Chychrun or Bean. They need their picks and prospects as much as Vancouver wants them, so the Canucks should focus on the top nine.

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There, we have several possible trades. The Canucks want to stay competitive next year, but their fifth pick is not a part of that plan. By trading down, the team would not get worse, it would just have more potential for the future. Whether the Canucks get picks or prospects in the deal, they will be happy to stock up their prospect pool or get AHL/NHL-ready players.

Jim Benning has no pressure to make a trade happen, so he can be aggressive in negotiations. There is nothing wrong with asking for teams’ top prospects because they are the ones who want the more valuable draft pick. That may lead to hours on the phone with no result, but Benning would be just fine with that.

Unfortunately, the remaining top-nine clubs have no pressing need to move up either. Alex Nylander and Clayton Keller are said to have the highest offensive potential outside the top three, and at least one of them will likely still be available at No. 10. Likewise, Jakob Chychrun, Mikhail Sergachev and Jake Bean are incredibly talented and will be great picks in the 10 area.

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The only scenario in which a trade like those outlined above happens, is if one of the teams behind the Canucks likes a player enough to sacrifice pieces to get him. Will it happen? We will find out on Friday.