NHL Draft 2013: Latest Buzz on Teams Looking to Trade Up

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NHL Draft 2013: Latest Buzz on Teams Looking to Trade Up
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The 2013 NHL draft is less than a month away, and general managers are trying to shake up the draft board.

Many teams are looking to trade up and snag a top prospect to shape the future of their organization.

The Colorado Avalanche hold the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, and the general consensus is that pick will be used on defenseman Seth Jones.

Jones has attracted many suitors.

 

Buffalo Sabres

Josh Sanchez of Fansided.com reported that Buffalo Sabres director of amateur scouting Kevin Devine says the Sabres and Avalanche have been involved in trade talks to move up to the No. 1 pick.

Devine told WGR 550:

We have had conversations with Colorado... I think it’s how far they want to move back. And you take the situation in Colorado and where there’s a new regime in there with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy. I don’t think Patrick came in there with the idea of a long rebuild. So I think they might be willing to listen to a few things.

 

The Sabers have the ability to move up in this year's draft. They hold the eighth and 16th overall picks in the draft.

 

Calgary Flames

CBC Sports reported that the Flames proposed a trade to send all three of their first-round picks (six, 22 and 28) to the Avalanche in exchange for the first-overall pick.

The Avalanche reportedly rejected the trade.

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This draft class is considered deep with talent and three first-round picks can easily help a rebuilding franchise like both Calgary and Colorado.

This speaks to just how much teams want to see Jones put on their sweater.

 

Other Trades

The Carolina Hurricanes have also been receiving calls for the No. 5 pick.

Elliotte Friedman of the CBC reported that the Hurricanes might be looking to move the No. 5 pick.

One team reportedly interested is the Edmonton Oilers, who currently will be picking seventh.

Edmonton's president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe told NHL.com's Adam Kimelman:

Because the draft is deep, as you move along, if someone offered us something we felt could fit in with our group, a different age and a certain type of positional player we need, we wouldn't be opposed to moving the pick. Maybe where teams are positioned with the [salary] cap going down, all those sorts of moons aligning could lead to something.

The 2013 NHL draft is set for June 30 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

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