The value of a first-round pick

The trade package the Coyotes got for Martin Hanzal included a first-round pick. Will more first-rounders swap hands ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline? Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire

We’re still a couple days out from the trade deadline, and the first rental deal involving a first-round pick is off the board. Depending on how Patrick Eaves does in Anaheim, there might be another one gone.

There’s an often repeated but incorrect theory thrown around by NHL general managers: that nobody trades a first-rounder for a rental anymore. They do. Maybe just not as frequently as the past.

There’s also a theory that this year, it could become more frequent, because nobody is especially enamored with the 2017 draft class.

Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka has heard that second theory, and he’ll have no issues collecting picks in this draft, if that’s where the best trade deadline offers exist.