When the Phoenix Coyotes made the trade that sent Keith Tkachuk to the St. Louis Blues for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, prospect Jeff Taffe and the Blues 2001 1st Round pick, they knew their could be a catch.
The St. Louis Blues were punished by the NHL a few years ago for talking to Scott Stevens about a contract before he actually became a free agent. At the time, he was property of the Devils, and New Jersey filed a suit against the NHL that the Blues should be penalized, and they were. The NHL awarded the Devils the right to take one of the Blues 1st round picks in the next couple of drafts, and also the right to swap 1st round picks in another draft. Well, the Devils exercised their option to take the Blues 1st round pick this year, which the Blues originally dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes. So in this weird scenario, it turns out the Devils will actually get the Blues 1st round pick this season and the Coyotes will get the Blues 1st round pick next year, in the 2002 Entry Draft. But wait, there’s more.
The Devils still own the right to swap picks with the Blues. So even if the Blues finish in the bottom of the standings, the Coyotes won’t get that high pick because the Devils will surely swap picks, leaving the Coyotes with a late 1st round pick which is what the Devils’ pick would likely be. So no matter what, the Coyotes will likely end up with a late 1st round pick next season from the St. Louis Blues.
As for this years draft, I will be posting a draft preview sometime in mid-June in which I will analyze where the Coyotes select and what players wo Read more»