First-round picks could move at NHL trade deadline

In fact, there are at least four pending UFAs whose price tag might require a first in order to pry them away from their current clubs: Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Eric Staal and Mikkel Boedker.

For a contending team, parting with a pick in the lower third of the first round in exchange for a player who can be a difference maker down the stretch could be a gamble worth taking. It would be no surprise then to see the Blackhawks, Capitals, Ducks or Kings surrender their picks.

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