Do you think the Devils would trade there 1st and 2nd rd pick to draft 3rd or 4th overall?
It would take more to move that far up.
Here's a recent history of trading up: 2008: Maple Leafs trade pick #7, a future second-round pick, and pick #68 for pick #5. 2008: Predators trade pick #9 and pick #40 for pick #7. 2007: Sharks trade pick #13 and pick #44 for pick #9.
These are pick only deals and don't involve players.
Trading into the top 3-4 is costly and will arguably be even more costly this year because the draft is very strong. Look at 08. It cost the Leafs their 2nd rounder the following year and their third that year just to move up 2 places. It would assuredly cost us the 9, 39, and probably one of our top prospects (if not someone like Henrique) to get into top 4 from #9, and could even be more. Plus, there are teams like Columbus and Calgary who have 3 first round picks this year and have more firepower to move up if they want to try.
I've been reading mocks for the last half hour or so http://dcprosportsre...om/NHLMocks.htm
Basically its anyone's guess who we take. Shinkaruk seems to be the most likely to be on the board . I want Nichuskin, but I don't see him slipping to 9. If Monahan is there I think we have to take him over Shinkaruk. Someone has us mocked to take a goaltender (forget which one and dont think it will happen) which would ruin the day if that happened. Id also be disappointed with any defenseman not named Jones. We really need to land a forward this year.