washington has the 11th and 16th overall picks this year in the draft. I think they would really want a prospect with the ability to help them this year or at least next. With semin gone they have a hole to fill. How far up do you think they could rise if they wanted to package both picks with one of holtby/neuvirth or mike green? could they manage to get a top 2 pick?
PMB isn't a center, and may or may not even play in the NHL ever again. Matt Cullen is overpaid, old and inconsistent. We don't have center depth to trade away.
If Granlund plays well right away, he's your #2. Then you have Koivu, Brodziak and Powe, plus Phillips who I wouldn't say is that far away. Looks like enough depth to justify trading the old guard to stock the cupboards in my mind.
Not saying it'll happen (isn't Cullen really well-liked in Minnesota anyway?), I'm just saying there's logic in making that trade, particularly when it could land you another good defensive prospect behind Brodin.
The Caps haven't been truly dangerous since Fedorov departed for the KHL. Arranging a trade for a top-six veteran center would certainly be an idea most Caps fans could support. It doesn't have to involve those picks, but those are definitely attractive assets that could be used to get there. It would surprise me a little bit if the Capitals are using both of them at the draft.
Pavelski or Plekanec would be nice players to add to the mix. Just add a coach at neither extreme of the trap / run and gun spectrum, and let simmer.
Alternatively, I could see one of those picks dangled before Nashville for the rights to Radulov. I actually have a hard time pegging his value at the moment.