The opening round of the 2014 NHL draft takes place on Friday, June 27 in Philadelphia. It is usually a time when speculation grows over not only which players each team will select in that round, but if those holding picks in the top five attempt to trade them. Nothing generates more buzz during the opening round than commissioner Gary Bettman stepping to the podium and saying, "We have a trade to announce."
Teams with high first-round draft picks usually retain them. The 2003 NHL Entry Draft was the last time a first overall pick was traded, when the Florida Panthers dealt it to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who held the third overall pick. The Penguins selected Marc-Andre Fleury first overall, while the Panthers picked Nathan Horton with the third overall selection.
This year, however, could be a different story. The Florida Panthers hold the first overall pick for the first time since 2003. TheScore.com's Kyle Smith reports Panthers GM Dale Tallon told Sportsnet 590 The Fan he plans on actively shopping that pick. Tallon isn't the only general manager holding a high pick willing to move it. The New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis reports New York Islanders GM Garth Snow will consider moving his pick, which is fifth overall.
The following is a listing of 10 NHL teams which should be trying to move up in this year's NHL draft. Factors like placement in the first round, each team's respective needs and management experience were taken into account in compiling this list.