Should the Canucks explore trading the 7th Overall Pick?

What could the Vancouver Canucks get for the 7th overall draft pick this year? The topic of trading the pick is a touchy one but I believe the Canucks have more to gain than lose when it comes to trading the pick.

One avenue that would be interesting for the Canucks to consider are the potential RFA’s in the upcoming summer. The main option that springs to mind is Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets. The 24 year old defender is part of the jets stellar blueline, but is stuck on the right side behind Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers. This logjam of jets defenseman lends itself well to the jets trying to fit within the cap in the 2018-19 season. The Canucks major hole on the team is defense as well, and a younger defenseman fits the mould of what Vancouver needs.

One other option could be trading down in the first round depending on what other teams are asking for. The New York Islanders are currently holding the 11th and 12th overall picks. If the Islanders were to package one of those picks with a prospect for the 7th I believe the Canucks would have to take a serious look. If someone like Adam Boqvist is available at the 7th pick I would hope they would keep the pick.

Adam Boqvist is one of the most intriguing prospects of the 2018 NHL draft

The last option the Canucks could explore is trading Chris Tanev for a mid-first round pick. If they were able to get Trouba for the 7th and more they could recoup a first round pick.

The draft should be interesting and the Canucks are in a spot where they have a lot of options.

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