One Player Each NHL Team Should Target in 2013 Offseason

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One Player Each NHL Team Should Target in 2013 Offseason
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For 22 of the NHL's 30 franchises, the ongoing 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs are no longer of immediate relevance.

For those nearly two dozen teams unfortunate enough to have tee times, not puck drops, populating the rest of the May calendar, the time has already come to look ahead to the offseason.

On June 30 is the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey. And on July 5 is the opening of this year's free-agent market. Those two crucial dates will determine the short-term future of every single team and, for a few, the long-term future too.

This spring's impressive draft class is juxtapositioned with an underwhelming and still shrinking free-agent crop; as a result, 2013 will focus more on the young'uns than any offseason in recent memory.

Nonetheless, every club will pick out one player—be it either a top prospect or juicy pending UFA—to target above all others. Which players will they be? We point out and examine one possibility for each team on the 30 coming slides.

Note: For the sake of diversity, each individual player is listed only for one realistic team, regardless of the widespread interest they may garner.

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