Its going to cost at least the Devils 1st and there two 2nd round picks for the Leafs to think about trading Kessel to the Devils that is way to much for one player
Based on what?
I do think it will cost a first, but not 3 picks as you suggest. Kessel also can control where he gets traded, so that its another limit.
If he doesnt get traded at the draft, then its a moot point anyway. A 1st and 2 2nds in the same draft is not something any team would be interested in doing. I could see: 2016 first, 2015 2nd, and a prospect being a doable deal if it was the Devils he was getting traded to. The contract is a big issue.
That said, I think he's going to get traded to the Islanders. They have cap room, assets and with them moving into Barclay's he's the type of splash I see them wanting to make. They just dont have a first, but I dont see a lot of teams offering Toronto a first during the draft for Kessel unless they take a 2016.