May 28 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche executive of hockey operations Joe Sakic (right) and head coach Patrick Roy (center) and president Josh Kroenke (left) pose for a photo during a press conference held at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche Setting the Price for the First Overall Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft

The Colorado Avalanche hold one of the most valuable picks in recent history with the first overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

While the Avalanche are currently looking to add to their team in terms of defensive depth and proven ability, there had been talk of the Avalanche trading their pick in order to speed up their small rebuild.

Over the weekend the first offer was made to the Av’s front office by the Calgary Flames.

Currently, the Calgary Flames hold the sixth overall pick in the draft as well as the 22nd overall (from the Jay Bouwmeester trade) and the 28th overall (from the Jarome Iginla trade).

In what would have been a huge deal, the Flames offered to send all three of their first round picks to Colorado in exchange for the first overall pick.

While the Avalanche have their eyes set on Seth Jones to help bolster the suffering defense, the Flames are in desperate need of a top quality center.  Enter, Nathan McKinnon.  By Drafting McKinnon, the Avalanche could still look to move up in the draft perhaps by trading the newly acquired sixth and twenty-second picks for the second overall pick.  The Avalanche could then have still drafted Seth Jones and been able to pick up another late first rounder.

The problem is that all of this is just speculation and the Avalanche are well aware of that.  They could also lose out on what could be the best defensive prospect in this draft and slow the progression of their team.

When the Avalanche turned down the Flames’ offer, they may have established just what it will take to get the first overall pick out of their hands.

It appears that picking three prospects is not what the Avalanche would want.  Instead, the Av’s will most likely be looking for a roster player, a prospect, and a top 10 draft pick.

Calgary does have what the Avalanche would want, but will they steal from Peter to pay Paul?  I don’t think so.

While the Avalanche will set a price for the pick, it is unrealistic to believe that any team in the league will make the move to acquire it for the cost.  Surely the Avalanche would have to consider such an offer, but the plan in the mile high city is using the pick.

Every season we hear whispers that a team is considering trading their pick away, but it almost never happens.   There is a reason for that, they want the pick just as much.

Let us know what you think will happen in the comments below.  Will the Avs sell their pick or will they use it?  Are you sure they will pick Seth Jones or will they go after Nathan McKinnon?


-Alex Hodschayan


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