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NHL Mock Draft 2018: We have a trade to announce

The Avalanche and Flyers have swung a deal

2016 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

As the 2018 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft hums along, Gary Bettman strolls to the podium to another shower of boos, he clears his throat and leans leans into the microphone: We have a trade to announce!

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded the 13th overall pick along with Arizona’s fifth round pick in 2018, in exchange for the 16th pick and Nashville’s 2018 second round selection. Colorado is now on the clock.

The draft started with the Colorado Avalanche sitting in the 16th position. After seeing the picks start to flow in, the management team at Mile High Hockey started to see some of their favorite prospects falling.

The team began to work tirelessly to move up into the top-8 to get their hands on the ultra-talented Oliver Wahlstrom, but to no avail. The prices were just too high.

Then, after seeing one other prospect we greatly coveted fall out of the top-10, an opportunity presented itself for us to move the Avalanche up a few spots and grab a prospect of great value.

The final trade was:

To COL: #13 (via Dallas) + #127

To PHI: #16 + #58 (via Nashville)

At first glance, some fans might think that’s a big price to pay, but according to our draft pick value chart #13 + #127 comes out as more points than #16 + 58. We are coming out ahead by our value metric and will now select one of the best offensive talents in the draft.

A reminder of the picks so far:

1. Buffalo - Rasmus Dahlin

2. Carolina - Andrei Svechnikov

3. Montreal - Filip Zadina

4. Ottawa - Quinn Hughes

5. Arizona - Brady Tkachuk

6. Detroit - Adam Boqvist

7. Vancouver - Noah Dobson

8. Chicago - Oliver Wahlstrom

9. NY Rangers - Evan Bouchard

10. Edmonton - Martin Kaut

11. Washington (via Islanders) - Jesperi Kotkaniemi

12. NY Islanders - Ty Smith