6. The team trades up at the Draft to pick Bowen Byram
A lot has been made of the potential for the Canucks to trade up in the draft for the first overall pick in order to get Quinn Hughes‘ brother, Jack Hughes. But the truth is, trading up to get Hughes is going to cost the Canucks likely far more than they’re willing to pay in order to make a deal actually happen.
However, trading up to select Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram is an avenue that the Canucks could explore. Some ranking outlets have Byram going at third, and others have him being picked at the sixth spot. I would assume that Byram is high up on the Canucks list, as well as many other team’s lists.
If Chicago passes on Byram at three, I believe that many teams will be calling the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings to see what it would cost to move up, but the likelihood of all three of those teams passing up on Byram are slim, in my opinion.
If Byram is still available after the Blackhawks take the stage at Rogers Arena on June 21st to select at third overall, then the Canucks will definitely be among the teams calling to see about moving up. So for my first bold prediction, I’ll say that the team trades up in order to select the BC boy Byram. If you think that’s bold, wait until you read my final bold prediction, which is also about a trade taking place at the draft involving a Hughes brother.