Last week, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli called trading the fourth overall pick at this summer’s draft a “real legitimate chance.”
Apparently, his counterparts around the NHL were listening.
“I’ve already had four or five teams call me,” Chiarelli said today, per 630 CHED in Edmonton. “I’ve made it known we would look to trade down if the right deal is there.”
It’s been a while since a top-5 pick was dealt. In 2008, the Leafs traded up two spots with the Islanders to take Luke Schenn fifth overall. The cost to do so was a second-rounder and a third-rounder.
A couple of years later, the Bruins got Tyler Seguin with Toronto’s second overall pick, but that deal was different. It was made in September of 2009, before the Leafs went on to finish with the second-worst record in 2009-10.
Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, and Jesse Puljujarvi are expected to be snapped up with the first three picks in 2016.
After that is anyone’s guess, with forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois and Matthew Tkachuk among the top candidates to go next.