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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter

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One year ago, the Winnipeg Jets traded their first-round pick – the same currency Kevin Cheveldayoff used to build Jets 2.0 from the ground up – for the most impactful acquisition of the deadline period in Paul Stastny.

It was one of seven first-round picks dealt last season, the most at any deadline in a decade.

Stastny helped get the Jets within three wins of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Jets’ first-round pick is indeed in play one year later, the latest asset to join the TSN Trade Bait board on Monday.

How valuable have those picks been to Winnipeg? Look at their roster: Mark Scheifele (2011), Jacob Trouba (2012), Josh Morrissey (2013), Nikolaj Ehlers (2014), Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic (2015), Patrik Laine (2016) and Kristian Vesalainen (2017).

But the time is now for Winnipeg to make a run at a Stanley Cup. The Jets’ window to win is wide open. Plus, if you’re Cheveldayoff, you never know how many kicks at Lord Stanley’s mug you’ll get, considering the pending cap crunch in trying to re-sign Laine, Connor, Trouba and maybe even Tyler Myers this summer.

The Maple Leafs were the first team to move their first rounder this season, which they used to acquire defenceman Jake Muzzin from Los Angeles on Jan. 28. Cheveldayoff and the Jets are believed to be big-game hunting, doing their due diligence on a number of marquee names, including Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, Wayne Simmonds and Micheal Ferland, among others.

The Jets' No. 1 priority is a second-line centre, the same role Stastny played last year on their run.

Last year, nearly a quarter of the first-round picks traded hands just at the deadline, in deals for Ryan McDonagh (Tampa Bay), Evander Kane (San Jose), Tomas Tatar (Detroit), Ryan Hartman (Nashville), Rick Nash (Boston), Derick Brassard (Pittsburgh) and Stastny.

The Jets are one of a handful of teams with potential top picks in play, including Central Division rival Nashville, Tampa Bay, Calgary, Boston and Pittsburgh.

Here is the latest TSN Trade Bait board, which always seeks to blend a player’s prominence with his likelihood of being traded:

 

The Top 50

 
Trend Player Pos Age GP G PTS Cap Hit Years
  1. Artemi Panarin, CBJ LW 27 49 20 59 $6M UFA
  2. Matt Duchene, OTT C 28 43 21 48 $6M UFA
  3. Wayne Simmonds, PHI RW 30 52 16 24 $3.98M UFA
  4. Micheal Ferland, CAR LW 26 43 13 27 $1.75M UFA
Embedded Image 5. Jets' 1st Round Pick              
  6. Mats Zuccarello, NYR RW 31 37 9 28 $4.5M UFA
Embedded Image 7. Mark Stone, OTT RW 26 52 22 51 $7.35M UFA
  8. Dougie Hamilton, CAR RD 25 52 9 21 $5.75M 2
  9. Gustav Nyquist, DET RW 29 53 12 45 $4.75M UFA
  10. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ G 30 36 3.01 .901 $7.43M UFA
Embedded Image 11. Brian Boyle, NJD C 34 46 13 19 $2.55M UFA
  12. Cam Talbot, EDM G 31 28 3.34 .893 $4.17M UFA
  13. Jimmy Howard, DET G 34 35 2.73 .916 $5.3M UFA
  14. Kevin Hayes, NYR C 26 42 11 36 $5.18M UFA
  15. Alec Martinez, LAK RD 31 37 3 11 $4M 2
  16. Charlie Coyle, MIN C 26 52 9 26 $3.2M 1
  17. Brayden Schenn, STL C 27 46 9 30 $5.13M 1
  18. Jeff Carter, LAK C 33 50 10 25 $5.27M 3
  19. Brett Pesce, CAR RD 23 43 4 12 $4.03M 5
  20. Jack Roslovic, WPG RW/C 22 51 7 16 $894K 1
  21. Derick Brassard, FLA C 31 41 9 16 $5M UFA
  22. Cody Ceci, OTT RD 24 48 5 15 $4.3M RFA
Embedded Image 23. Jakub Silfverberg, ANA RW 28 43 12 20 $3.75M UFA
  24. Andre Burakovsky, WSH LW 23 46 6 12 $3M RFA
  25. Marcus Johansson, NJD LW 28 39 8 20 $4.58M UFA
  26. Chris Kreider, NYR LW 27 51 23 39 $4.63M 1
  27. Colton Parayko, STL RD 25 50 8 13 $5.5M 3
  28. Justin Faulk, CAR RD 26 52 4 19 $4.83M 1
  29. Alex Steen, STL LW 34 36 6 15 $5.75M 2
Embedded Image 30. Alex Edler, VAN LD 32 37 5 20 $5M UFA
  31. Jay Bouwmeester, STL LD 35 46 2 10 $5.4M UFA
  32. Andreas Johnsson, TOR LW 24 45 10 22 $788K RFA
  33. Ryan Dzingel, OTT LW 26 50 20 39 $1.8M UFA
  34. Patrick Maroon, STL LW 30 42 4 14 $1.75M UFA
  35. Jesse Puljujarvi, EDM RW 20 41 4 9 $925K RFA
  36. Adam McQuaid, NYR RD 32 27 0 3 $2.75M UFA
Embedded Image 37. Ben Lovejoy, NJD RD 34 43 1 6 $2.67M UFA
  38. Jamie McGinn, FLA LW 30 0 0 0 $3.33M UFA
  39. Chris Tanev, VAN RD 29 47 2 10 $4.45M 1
  40. Vlad Namestnikov, NYR LW 25 47 4 16 $4M 1
Embedded Image 41. Nikolay Goldobin, VAN LW 23 45 6 24 $863K RFA
  42. Luke Glendening, DET C 29 53 8 18 $1.8M 2
  43. Carl Hagelin, LAK LW 30 30 2 6 $4M UFA
  44. Nathan Beaulieu, BUF LD 26 27 3 7 $2.4M RFA
  45. Mikkel Boedker, OTT LW 29 51 6 28 $4M 1
  46. Tobias Rieder, EDM LW 26 38 0 9 $2M RFA
  47. Bogdan Kiselvich, FLA LD 28 31 0 8 $925K UFA
  48. Dale Weise, PHI RW 30 42 5 11 $2.35M 1
Embedded Image 49. Kasperi Kapanen, TOR RW 22 51 15 30 $863K RFA
  50. Jeff Skinner, BUF LW 26 51 31 47 $5.73M UFA
 

TRADED:

No. 5: Maple Leafs’ first-round pick - Toronto to Los Angeles on Jan. 28
No. 8: Derick Brassard - Pittsburgh to Florida on Feb. 1
No. 13: Chris Wideman - Ottawa to Edmonton on Nov. 22
No. 14: Tanner Pearson - Los Angeles to Pittsburgh on Nov. 14
No. 17: Jake Muzzin - Los Angeles to Toronto on Jan. 28
No. 27: Alex Petrovic - Florida to Edmonton on Dec. 29
No. 27: Nino Niederreiter - Minnesota to Carolina on Jan. 17
No. 28: Nick Bjugstad - Florida to Pittsburgh on Feb. 1
No. 28: Brandon Manning - Chicago to Edmonton on Dec. 29
No. 35: Michael Del Zotto - Vancouver to Anaheim on Jan. 16
No. 35: Jamie Oleksiak - Pittsburgh to Dallas on Jan. 29
No. 36: Luke Schenn - Anaheim to Vancouver on Jan. 16