As the NHL's regular season comes to a screeching halt, and the offseason is just around the corner, teams have begun identifying the prospects within other organizations that could be of trade interest this summer.
In many cases, teams stocked with depth end up burying their young players behind more established veterans, ultimately making them expendable. Other times, players who were once considered to be promising prospects are put on the trading block because a change of scenery would be in the best interest of both the player and the club, for one reason or another.
For teams with little to no cap space heading into the offseason, dealing a more expensive established veteran in return for a prospect that projects to be an everyday NHL player is a gamble worth taking, because it gives an organization both the opportunity to develop the player in question, while also freeing up valuable cap space that can be used in the future.
With that in mind, here's a look at nine prospects that teams should be targeting this offseason.