What will Peter Chiarelli do with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft? Many of you have already asked this question, and I suspect we won’t know what he does until the first round of the draft on June 24.

If he trades the pick, it is most likely to occur on the draft floor after the Columbus Blue Jackets have made their selection at No. 3. Would Chiarelli trade the pick before he knows for certain if Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are off the board? I’m guessing no.

The most difficult aspect heading into this draft is assessing the value of the selection. Its true worth depends on how teams view the players they could select at No. 4. If a team is really high on forwards Matthew Tkachuk, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alexander Nylander or defencemen Mikhail Sergachev, Jacob Chychrun or Olli Juolevi, then the return seemingly goes up.

A quick look at history shows a wide array of talent emerges from the fourth slot.

The early years of the NHL entry draft produced numerous Hall of Fame players with the No. 4 pick: Mike Gartner (1979), Larry Murphy (1980), Ron Francis (1981) and Steve Yzerman (1983). Ron Sutter was selected fourth in 1982 and played 1,093 games.

Then it varies from ‘bust’ to ‘very good.’