North Melbourne will be hoping Melbourne suffer a repeat of their disastrous 2019 AFL season next year after swapping pick No.8 at this year's draft for the Demons' 2020 first-round pick.
Melbourne have two top-10 picks this year after adding North's selection to their No.3 pick in a deal completed on Tuesday.
The Roos turned one draft pick into three after the Demons sent picks 26 and 50 at next month's draft and their future first-round selection to Arden St.
Kangaroos fans eager to see their club add another young gun inside the top-10 at November's draft could be forgiven some disappointment at the deal at first glance.
But it could be an indication of how North's recruiters rate the top-end talent available at this year's draft compared to the youngsters that will be available in 2020.
If the Demons, who finished 17th this season, miss the finals again next year the Roos will get a top-10 pick in the trade, which would be in addition to their own 2020 first-round pick, while also adding 26 and 50.
"We weighed up trading pick eight with respect to this year's talent pool and the evenness of the draft and we were comfortable moving back in the order," North recruiting manager Mark Finnigan said.
"... The currency we have obtained for that single pick is highly valuable for us now and in the future.
"Three selections for one was very appealing and we feel we can now turn our picks into something really promising, whether that be players or better picks this year and next year."
North hold picks 26, 27, 45, 50, 73 and 84 this year after the deal.
Using the AFL's draft value index, that assigns each draft pick a points value, the Kangaroos will come out on top of the deal even if the Demons win the flag.
In that scenario, North will have given up 1,551 points (No.8 in 2019) and received 1,950 points in return (pick 19 in 2020 and picks 26 and 50 this year).
"Part of our strategy during this trade period was to improve our draft position by using our future picks," Demons football boss Josh Mahoney said.
"Next year's draft will have a high number of talented academy players and we value another top selection in this draft.
"Clubs can trade picks right up until the draft and on draft night under AFL rules and having picks three and eight gives us options and flexibility."