NHL Trade Rumors: 12 Current NHLers Most Likely to Be Dealt on Draft Day

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NHL Trade Rumors: 12 Current NHLers Most Likely to Be Dealt on Draft Day
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NHL draft weekend is about much more than which young prospect goes No. 1.

More than ever, it's also the start of summer's active trading season. Midway between the awarding of the Stanley Cup and the opening of free agency, draft weekend draws all 30 teams together and gives them a chance to speak one-on-one about the changes they hope to make.

This year, the weekend is more of a focal point than ever for player movement. John Vogl of the Buffalo News quotes Washington GM George McPhee, who explains the current mindset:

It’s a real busy time for trades and everything else because as we’ve all learned trades are real difficult to make during the season now. What you find is that GMs are far more forthcoming in terms of talking about what they want to do with other clubs [in the offseason]...

Now most teams say, "Listen, I’m deep here or there, and I’m trying to move this for that." Guys are much more open about what they want to do, to get the message out to other clubs because this is the time to deal.

Here's a look at 12 current NHL players who are most likely to find themselves with new addresses by the end of the draft.

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