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NHL Draft Order 2012: Blue Jackets and Teams Who Would Benefit from Trading Down

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03:  Mark Letestu #17 and Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 3, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2014

The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of the NHL teams that would benefit from trading down in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft to acquire more picks or proven talent.

This isn't one of the deeper drafts of the last few years, and there are few can't-miss players at the top of the draft. There will be future stars from this draft, but there are no guaranteed franchise-changing players such as Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos and John Tavares.

Let's look at three teams who should consider trading down in this year's draft.

 

Boston Bruins

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24:  GM's Peter Chiarelli of the Boston Bruins and Mike Gillis of the Vancouver Canucks look on during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Imag
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The Bruins have the 24th pick in the first round and likely won't find a player who will play a role at the NHL level in the next few years.

Since the Bruins have only five picks in this draft, they should trade their first-round selection for more picks in the later rounds.

Boston has found quality NHL players such as Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and David Krejci in the second round or later in the past few drafts.

 

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have the No. 8 pick in the draft and would be smart to consider trading down in the first round and adding more picks in the later rounds.

Carolina needs to keep building their organizational depth on defense, and since this draft is stocked with quality young defensemen, they can trade down in the first round and still select a good blueliner.

If there is a player who surprisingly slips to No. 8, the Hurricanes could take advantage of teams looking to trade up and select that player.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have so many needs and there isn't a sure-fire star who will help them immediately with the No. 2 pick.

With the Blue Jackets already having a pretty good blue line at the NHL level, they should trade their first-round pick for a young forward who has proven himself in the NHL.

If the Toronto Maple Leafs or another team want to trade up to No. 2, especially if Nail Yakupov isn't taken first by the Edmonton Oilers, then the Blue Jackets would be foolish to keep the pick unless the offers just aren't good enough.

 

Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston. He has covered the Boston Bruins first hand since the 2011 SCF.

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