According to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, the Colorado Avalanche are considering trading the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. While the Avalanche are surely in a position which any GM in the NHL would envy, the Avalanche could choose to move the first overall pick to get two top picks this year.
According to the Avalanche’s Executive Vice President Joe Sakic,
We haven’t decided what we’re going to do in the draft. We haven’t decided which player we’re going to take at No. 1. We haven’t decided if we’re going to take a player at No. 1. There are lot of options we can discuss, and we will be discussing. We’re not set in stone with what we’re going to do. We might take the first pick, we might take the second guy or we might not. That’s the exciting thing about having the first pick, especially this year.
Kizsla is not the only one who thinks it is a very real possibility that the Av’s trade their first overall pick. Adrian Dater thinks so too…
It’s a very real possibility Avs might trade No. 1 pick, or try to trade to get top two picks. Gonna be interesting
— adater (@adater) May 28, 2013
If the Avalanche do decide to trade the first overall pick, it may be good news for the St. Louis Blues. While the Blues would love to get their hands on the first overall pick this year, or really any first round pick, the Blues could benefit just from the Av’s losing their first choice. With divisions being redrawn, the Blues are going to be matching up against the Avalanche for a long time to come and competing with them for a playoff spot. Should the Blues be lucky enough not to faceoff against the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, or Jonathan Drouin they would be extremely lucky.
Only time will tell what the Av’s choose to do, but one thing is certain; this is going to be a very entertaining draft.
Stay tuned for more as we have it.
LET’S GO BLUES!