The NHL draft will allow some teams to add key pieces to their organization. Because the 2013 draft is exceptionally deep, there will be opportunities to draft players that could play in the 2013-14 season on a regular basis.
All teams will be balancing organizational needs with the best player available. In many instances, those two factors conflict.
Potential trades on draft day, impending buyouts and free agency also must be factored in by management groups.
The following list features what’s atop every NHL team’s wish list for the upcoming NHL draft. Teams appear in alphabetical order.