The reasoning is this. It's well known that the Rangers Defensive prospects are strong throughout. Not as much as LA, but Sanguinetti and Del Zotto, along with Sauer etc etc, not too shabby. We desperately need a scorer and this would provide us with one. Now the next thing is who do we take with the 2nd pick, Matt Duchene. I take Duchene over Tavares for a few reasons. One, I personally think he will be a better NHL'er than JT. Two he has played with Grachev and knows him quite well, if those two could keep the chem together at the NHL level, wonderful. I'm not sold on JT.
My guess is you've got Brian Burke ready to throw Kaberle/prospect/7th overall at you because he'd be within striking distance of Tavares. But that's when Tampa ducks out of the way and runs for cover.
Can't see LA giving up Hickey. Would probably be something like:
And even then, I'm not sure. Dean Lombardi gave up a lot to draft Teubert and he's only had a year to develop. Maybe replace Teubert with Alec Martinez and add 2nd and 3rd rounders. DL probably doesn't do this deal regardless. I didn't include Johnson in a deal because the Kings went on the record to say they have every intention of keeping him.