Wait a year and sign him as a FA or trade some picks, sign him and have him helping your team next year. How long will it take for 2nd/3rd to make an impact in the NHL, if they make it at all?
Agreed. The 2nd/3rd round picks are more of a commodify in my opinion. The more you can stock up on, the better chance you have of one or two paying off. It's just a matter of numbers. Maybe about 5 second rounders per season (just a guess), end up being NHL regulars.