The NHL draft floor in Buffalo, N.Y., could could resemble the New York Stock Exchange on Friday with multiple teams anxiously buying and selling assets before the closing bell.
The Chicago Blackhawks beat the rush by moving Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes last week to help their salary cap outlook, but other names are still circulating in the marketplace. Here’s a list of what could happen during the draft, which takes place Friday and Saturday.
1. Oilers acquire a defenseman or two: The Oilers want to remodel their defense using one or two of their forwards as trade bait. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are untouchables, and Taylor Hall is close to an untouchable. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle could move in the right deal. Nail Yakupov could be dealt, but his trade value isn’t strong.
It seems as if the Oilers would prefer to trade veterans, rather than their No. 4 pick, to land a defenseman.
2. Red Wings trade Pavel Datsyuk: Detroit general manager Ken Holland said he wasn’t overly optimistic about…