High picks have a great deal of value for teams that are, by definition, in the cellar that year and possess those picks. Securing a trade for one of those picks, when you are not proposing a swap of a similarly high pick, is extremely difficult and happens very rarely. To play in those waters, you have to offer up another similar pick, else offer a blue-chip prospect.
Say we're discussing a team like the Islanders, which will have a high pick to offer. Most of the time, the difference between a very high pick and another very high pick is not enormous. A swap plus a sweetener is usually what changes hands when teams decide to do it. They key is that they don't do it often.
What often happens is that the team with the very top pick typically wants the pub that comes with using the first overall pick. Else, there may be a very strong player that year, and the perceived drop is substantial enough to hold off for that reason alone. Tiers change each year, and there may be a 1a / 1b, and then a drop, or five players worth a great deal on a plateau, then a steep drop. All factors.
You want the 1st from Columbus? Okay, we will trade you Yakupov for Tavares. Anything else is really a no thanks.
Ok? hahaha keep it. Yakupov is an amazing talent, but known to be looked at as a pretty selfish player. Rick Nash wanted out. Do you think this guy who's KNOWN to have a selfish mentality is going to want to stay with Columbus? Im not saying he'd be running to be an Islander because that's certainly not the case. But the Islanders have a defense that needs help. Ryan Murray or Mathew Dumba, sign me up.
I wouldn't, I want NHL players. The thought of Yakupov on the Islanders makes me sick, just shows another fail of a season and no hope for the future. We trade that pick, we get a player that could help immediately. I understand Yakupov is going to be good, but we need an NHL defenseman and a 2nd line center to compete for the playoffs next year.
If Columbus wins...
With the potential dealing of Rick Nash, they lose a franchise player. If they want a new franchise player, they need to draft Yakupov. Also, they would need to keep the fans interested so I'm sure they would use their 1st overall selection as their marketing ploy. I think it would take a lot for Columbus to deal the 1st overall pick. Would they rather have a potential franchise player or receive multiple high end prospects(Islanders 1st rounder, Neiddereitter, etc)?
*Johansen and Niederrreiter were teammates in junior. Might want to reunite those 2.