Two teams that would trade their first picks are Edmonton and Buffalo , both teams need to make improvements to make the playoffs. Edmonton is in a window and needs to adjust cap. Lucic would not be a hardship for us .He will give us something that we need toughness . This will let Hughes and Pettersson play without looking over their shoulder all the time. Bad contract yes could we get their 8th pick as well yes without giving up any of our core, yes to all. A package of the following would get it done. Lucic Russel and the 8th overall for . Markstrom , Tanev, and Sutter retain on Sutter 2 mil.. That package alone would make them playoff bound. Basically cap is even but Edmonton gains players that they need to defend with. We get some much needed toughness and future core piece .
Now Buffalo needs the same players but you would need to add I would say plus a prospect add Lockwood . So Markstrom , Tanev, and Sutter Lockwood and Vans 2nd pick plus a conditional pick 2020 ( 2nd or a 3rd) For Ristolainen and their first (5th overall). Defensively Buffalo is a mess this package would cure that . We add another core player. Plus a deman that needs a change in scenery .