How low can the NHL go?

The Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars traded their first and second round picks for center Cody Ceci in the expansion draft on Thursday.

The Capitals had the second pick and the second overall pick in the 2016 draft.

They traded a second round pick for the first pick in 2017, which they then used on defenseman Travis Hamonic and goaltender Jimmy Howard.

The Stars traded a third round pick to the Caps for a first round pick in 2018.

The Capitals have a pair of first round picks, which are tied for fifth in the league.

The Blackhawks have two first rounders, and the New York Islanders have two.

The Dallas Stars acquired Ceci from the Capitals and moved him to the Dallas Stars, the Stars announced Thursday.

They also acquired goalie Brian Elliott from the Stars in exchange for a fourth round pick and a conditional second round selection.

The Stars are now 0-3-0 with Ceci on the roster, the first time that they have lost a game without him.

Ceci has allowed seven goals on 35 shots.

He was on the ice for the Stars first power play goal of the season on Sunday.

The team is 2-4-1 without him on the power play.

The Caps were without their top goal scorer, center Kyle Palmieri, on Thursday due to a lower-body injury.

He will likely be out for the rest of the year.

The Caps had to play a power play against the Stars and have only four shots on goal.

Ceci has two goals in nine games since he returned to the lineup after missing six games with a concussion.