I'm often not a huge fan of trading up in any draft. Picks are lottery tickets, and the more you have, the more likely you are to cash in. But the Philadelphia Flyers might be in good position to make a smart move up in the 2014 NHL draft and grab an elite prospect.
Sitting at No. 17 overall, they'll be forced to pick at the leftovers from the second or even third tier of prospects instead of getting a big-time difference-maker from the top picks.
With a glut of young players and some cap space needing to be freed up, general manager Ron Hextall may attempt to package any number of Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Scott Hartnell and Nicklas Grossmann along with the No. 17 pick and see where it gets him.
This is a pretty loaded draft at the top. But one big positive is that a few of the best players are centers, which is the last position Philadelphia needs right now. You'll notice there isn't a center included among this group, and for good reason.
Let's take a look at the four prospects I believe are worth trading up for.